The Edmond Sun

April 23, 2013

Girl Scouts rededicate statue in Mitch Park

Patty Miller
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Girl Scouts, Brownies and Daisy Scouts met April 13 for the rededication of the statue “95 Years and Planting.”

The statue honors the history of Girl Scouts and was paid for with funds raised by the local scouts themselves.

The original statue cost $12,000 with Deer Creek and Edmond Visual Arts Commission each raising $6,000.

The 4-foot-tall sculpture shows a Girl Scout planting a tree and portrays scouts’ awareness of environmental issues and civic responsibilities, organizers said. The statue was created by artist Shan Gray and his wife Melanie.

Edmond-area Girl Scouts had car washes, a garage sale and solicited door-to-door donations to help raise money for the statue as part of a Centennial project in honor of the state’s 100th birthday on Nov. 16, 2007.

The 400-pound statue of a Girl Scout holding a shovel was for the observance of the 95th birthday of Girl Scouts USA and Oklahoma’s centennial. The statue had been taken as a spring break prank in 2008 and was returned after a $500 reward was offered.

Edmond Girl Scouts rededicated the Girl Scout statue April 13, and in addition a bronze tree was added at a cost of $3,000 with funds raised by the scouts.

Girl Scout Troop 929 and their Troop Leader Donna Mackiewicz were in charge of the rededication of the original statue and the dedication of the new statue.

For more information about Girl Scouts, go to www.gswestok.org or contact Crystal Slater at 528-4475 or cslater@ gswestok.org.