Ahwatukee Girl Scout Troop 470 is participating in a project to earn the gold award by creating a garden for Early Language Learning and Arts (ELLA) Studio Preschool. The goal of the garden is to create a sustainable project that can teach kids about nature.
The troop consists of 13 members, 11 of which have been together since first grade. Some members have come and gone but most of these girls have stayed together.
All of the members are 11th-graders now and the majority attend Desert Vista High School. The two additional members are siblings of members from the original group that was disbanded due to lack of attendance.
This group has stayed together and is now building a project that will hopefully last and become a permanent part of the preschool.
The project was made possible through the Ahwatukee Community Garden Project with the help of Linda Rominger. ELLA Studio Preschool reached out to Rominger to find a way to get a garden and when the troop was searching to create a garden it was a perfect match.
Troop leader Sylvia Davis, mother of Girl Scouts Lisa MacIsaac and Kim Johnson, aided the girls in their development as community leaders.
“They have learned to be better leaders because they have learned how to organize a project and see it through,” MacIsaac said.
The project the girls decided on was of their own choosing. All of the organizing and brainstorming had to remain independent as part of the process. MacIsaac said in choosing a project for the gold award the girls, “wanted to teach the youth about where our food comes from.”
In creating the garden troop members learned to reach out to the community and solicit donations developing their people skills.
“We got experience in soliciting donations, especially this day in age,” MacIsaac said. “So much of our youth are only texting and loosing their face-to-face contact.”
She expressed appreciation to the donations the troop received from local Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ace Hardware stores. The businesses helped donate supplies, including lumber that they cut for the girls.
The garden boxes will be constructed this Saturday during ELLA Studio Preschool’s open house, 1241 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 115. The Festival de Tamales will start at 10 a.m. on Dec. 7.
For more information, call (480) 664-3384 or visit http://earlyllastudio.com.
• Matt Covert is a sophomore at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass