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Local Girl Scouts earn awards

Four Girl Scouts from the Hastings area have been very busy during the last year. Molly Barker, Cassie Bauer, Hally Frandrup and Eva Storkamp from Girl Scout Troop 53591 have earned their Golden Heart Service Award and Bronze award.

The Golden Heart Service Award is given for the completion of nine service projects in one year. The projects must be from several different categories including the environment, senior citizens, children, people in need, cross-cultural and other. For the environment category, the girls participated in the Centennial Day of Service last fall raking leaves in Hastings to prevent them from ending up in the storm drains. Second, they collected used crayons for recycling to prevent them from ending up in a landfill. In the senior citizens category, the girls made holiday ornaments and visited with the residents at Oak Ridge Manor. In the Children category, the girls made activity bags for kids at Shriner's Hospital. The girls delivered the bags and got a tour of the hospital. Additionally, they made fleece tie blankets for the kids staying at the Lewis House Shelter in Hastings. Under the people in need category, the girls collected hygiene products and put together kits containing shampoo, conditioner, soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss to distribute. These items were also donated to the Lewis House. In the cross-cultural category, the girls volunteered at Feed My Starving Children packing food for distribution to other countries. In the Other Category, the girls made homemade dog toys from old pairs of jeans and homemade dog treats. The girls delivered the treats to the dogs at the Hastings Animal Ark. The girls also made paracord bracelets for Operation Gratitude, a military organization which gives the bracelets to deployed military men and women for use in the field. Finally, the girls collected 24 tattered American flags and attended a flag retirement ceremony at the VFW in South St. Paul.

To win the Bronze award, the girls of troop 53591 had to identify a problem in their community and work on a solution. The girls chose to make chair pockets for the classrooms at St. John's School in Vermillion. This involved buying fabric, measuring, cutting, ironing and sewing to complete over 50 chair pockets for the kids in the school to store their books on the backs of their chairs leaving more room in their desks. Upon completion of the project, the girls were given the bronze award, the most prestigious award given to a Girl Scout Junior.