By Kristine Meggenberg
Special to The Sun
Girl Scouts gathered at the Edmond 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse on Saturday to receive the Edmond Service Award.
Girl Scouts from 12 troops spent every Saturday in December making 300 hand-painted glass Christmas ornaments, 350 tin can luminaries, 200 hand-painted pine cone Christmas trees and other 1889 decorations.
Sixty Girl Scouts worked 150 hours to win the Community Service Award from the Schoolhouse.
This is the third year that the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust has partnered with the Schoolhouse to do community service projects. The service project has grown rapidly since the first year, when it had eight girls participate.
“We have been successful because we did publicity,” said Beverly Terry, a trustee of the Edmond Historic Preservation Trust since 2000. “The more publicity the girls got the better they felt about what they were doing.”
Three members from Girl Scout Troop 840 were present to accept the award and hope they are setting an example for other girls that community service is important.
“Girl Scouts is a great way for us to make friends because all but two members from our troop are homeschooled,” said seventh-grader Abbigael McAdoo, who has been a part of Girl Scout since Daisies in kindergarten. “You get to hang out with friends doing really cool, fun things, like community service.”
Members of Troop 840 had a hard time choosing their favorite community service project but making quilts for children in the hospital with a terminal illness made a great impression on them.
“Making quilts for kids in the hospital was fun because we got to sew, but I felt like when we gave the kids the quilt we gave them hope,” said Searra Shearer, a sixth-grader who hopes to continue Girl Scouts until high school.
The community service projects at the Schoolhouse have been so successful that Terry has been invited to Atlanta, Ga., to make a presentation over the program to Country Schoolhouse Association.
“The point I want to make is that you won’t grow without publicity,” Terry said.
FOR MORE information on the Girl Scouts, visit www.gswestokk.org. For more information on the Schoolhouse, visit www.edmondhistory.org.