Girl Scouts from Troop No. 6005 deliver blankets and toys for the dogs at the Liberal Animal Shelter recently. The girls decided to help the animal shelter as part of the requirements to earn their Bronze Awards.
Girl Scout Troop No. 60005 working on Bronze Award by adopting Animal Shelter as community project
• Provided by Troop No. 60005
This troop decided back in September 2011 that it wanted to work on earning the bronze award for all the girls. These fourth- and fifth-grade girls, along with three high school girls, learned to become better team players and leaders as they made this decision.
They first found out the requirements of the Bronze Award. They must be a fourth or fifth grader, complete a journey book, build a team, explore the community, choose a bronze award project, make a plan, put the plan in motion and spread the news.
This must include 20 hours of community service.
They were excited and started exploring the community. They found a lot of great things in the community and had several different places they felt they could help. Yet, when they explored the animal shelter and talked to Tina Mendoza, one of the animal control officers out there, it won the vote without a question.
They learned the animal shelter was low on funds and needed blankets and stuff for the winter months. They quickly jumped into planning their project.
They started off making blankets for the animal shelter and within four to five meetings, had 32 blankets to start off with for the dog cages.
They found that long plastic containers were needed, as well, to help make a bed for the animals. So the needed containers were voted on and purchased for the shelter. Blankets were being delivered to the shelter as they got done.
The girls decided that the founder of Girl Scouts was a very caring and giving person, so for her birthday on Oct. 31, they had a party that benefited the animals. Each girl brought something to donate to the shelter that night. They were all excited to see what was being given to the shelter.
The girls found out that one of the dog houses had been destroyed and was in need to help keep animals warm that would be picked up and taken to shelter when they are not open. The girls said, “Let’s use our fall sale money and buy a dog house when we go and do our angel shopping.”
The first Saturday in December, the girls took care of four angels from an angel tree, and got the Liberal animal shelter a new dog house.
The girls went ahead and finished their Agent of Change Book and kept working on blankets for the shelter.
Two Saturdays in April, the girls went out to walk, bathe, play and enjoy the animals. They had started back in February a program with the Leader & Times and the shelter’s adopting an animal program. They have their troop number on the first animal picture each time the ad runs in the paper.
They were excited to hear that their pets were getting adopted, and a new animal showed up every two weeks. They were telling friends, family, teachers, and others about their pet in the paper.
They were excited to see if it changed, and knowing that the one that they had picked found a good home.
The girls found working out at the shelter was fun and rewarding. They also noticed items that the shelter could use. So during their Monday night meeting, they had a shopping trip for the animals; new toys, towels, dog shampoo, treats for cats and dogs, dog bones, more material for blankets, cleaning supplies and stuff were purchased and taken to the shelter Wednesday afternoon.
Steve was the worker this time that the girls got to donate items to. He said it was like Christmas seeing all the new items the girls purchased for the shelter. He thanked them for everything they had done.
“They made a difference out here, and we greatly appreciate the support from them,” Tina said, adding the blankets that they made helped make the shelter seem homier.
The girls are hoping to bring out at least one more surprise for the shelter before school is out.
It has been a great learning experience, and most of the girls didn’t stop helping when they did get the 20 hours they needed for the Bronze Award. They want to keep helping. Some said they didn’t know there was an animal shelter in Liberal until they did this project, but now they want to keep making a difference.