Monday, July 2, 2012

Despite Extreme Heat, Girl Scouts Successfully Complete Rain Garden

In Wisconsin, Fox 6 News reports that extreme heat did not stop a group of Girl Scouts from Oak Creek from participating in Girl Scouts Forever Green. The second graders planted close to 200 plants for a rain garden.

“The girls were too excited to be stopped by the heat,” Adult Volunteer Ann McKillip said.

Armed with shovels, flowers and a lot of passion, the scouts were on a mission to plant a rain garden. It’s part of their 100-year anniversary service project. The garden acts like an environmental shelter — capturing rain water from the gutters and stopping run-off from going into the sewers.

The Root Pike Watershed Initiative helped fund the project. “It’s wonderful. We get both another rain garden and an opportunity to educate the next generation,” Root Pike Watershed Initiative Executive Director Susan Greenfield said.

“This garden’s really important because it’s important to the environment. The best part of it is when we plant it, because you get to get your hands dirty,” Girl Scout Amanda McKillip said.