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Girl Scouts donate tree to community

Troop 8210 after the planting was complete. 
Girl Scout Troop 8210 planting the tree they donated.

The Heart of Cedar Springs Park has a new beautiful flowering Dogwood tree, thanks to Girl Scout Troop 8210.

The Cedar Springs troop, made up of young Daisies and Brownies (grades 1-3), donated the tree on Thursday, November 4. girls planted the tree in the Heart of Cedar Springs, near the owl sculpture by the library. 

“All the girls took turns digging the hole and were very happy to be a part of giving back to their community,” said troop leader Ashley Uhen. “For several girls, it was the first time planting a tree.”

The troop did chores around their houses and returned pop-cans to earn enough money to pay for the tree from Shaner Nursery and the plaque from Creative Concepts Plus. “The girls worked as a team and all participated during the entire process.”

Uhen said the girls raised $173, just $20 short of the cost, and their troop funds paid for the remaining balance.

Girl Scouts across the world are being called to help plant, protect, and honor trees. They are joining forces with the Elliott Wildlife Values Project, American Forests, and SciStarter to launch a bold environmental and conservation initiative to plant 5 million trees by 2026.

The Girl Scout Tree Promise (GSTP) provides Girl Scouts with an opportunity to act as environmental stewards and work to slow climate change on a national platform.

Through the GSTP, girls explore how planting and protecting trees benefit their own communities by cleaning the air, cooling neighborhoods, and preventing erosion while also providing shade, places for animals to live, food for us to eat, and natural beauty for our communities. Honoring trees gives girls the chance to share their new knowledge, building community support for tree planting and awareness about ways to slow climate change.

For more information about this initiative go to https://blog.girlscouts.org/2020/03/the-girl-scout-tree-promise-plant.html?m=1. In fact, everyone (Girl Scouts or non-Girl Scouts) who plants a tree can record their good deeds through an online tree tracker. 

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