GRANGER, Iowa — This month the Granger Girl Scout Troop 1062 was awarded the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve.
The Bronze Award is given to Girl Scout Juniors who “make a difference in their community, while learning important leadership skills, discovering new passions, and watching how seemingly small actions make a big difference.”
The eight fifth-grade girls who were awarded the Bronze Award included Lauren Alertsen, Mya Browne, Felicity David, Addi Dorenkamp, Peyton Faust, Becca Hansen, Adalyn Smith and Taylor Waddle.
The leaders who assisted the girls were Susanne David, Lindsay Alertsen and JoAnn Smith.
All of the girls are fifth graders at Woodward-Granger Elementary School, and most of them have been in Girl Scouts since kindergarten. They were required to explore their community, choose a project, plan it, put their plan into motion and spread the word about their project.
The Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Granger has a food pantry that serves the community, and they are always in need of donations to fill their shelves. This food pantry is available to anyone living in the Woodward-Granger school district. The girls decided to partner with the Granger Emmanuel Methodist Food Bank and do a food drive.
They contacted the food pantry to find out what foods they needed and created a flyer to hand out to friends and neighbors. Their goal was to collect 200 items, but they ended up collecting some 570 items to donate.
Along the way, the Girl Scout Juniors learned leadership skills and how to work with people in our community, and they realized that even though they are only 10 and 11 years old, they can make the world a better place.
If you live in the Woodward-Granger Community School District and need assistance with food, contact the church at 515-999-2215. If you would like to donate to the food bank, they are in need of the following items: Canned soups especially chunky style, canned meats such as chicken and ham, cans of Spaghetti O’s, Knorr rice packages, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, jelly/jam, Gatorade, small bottles of fruit juice, laundry soap, toilet paper, paper towels, deodorant for women and men, shampoo, body wash and similar.