WASHINGTON COUNTY — Four Washington County girl scouts have been awarded the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, the Girl Scout Silver Award.
The four scouts of Troop 6324, Rachel Gartzke, Ashlyn Rogacki, Asamina Villalobos and Dakota Wirth, hand-crafted and donated 16 tables for Family Promise to use at local homeless shelters.
Starting in October, the girls and their families dedicated over 275 hours working on this selfless project.
“It was exciting to help others learn new skills," said Villalobos. "I am so proud of what we learned. Before beginning, I had no idea how to use any of the power tools or stain the wood. It is nice to know that something we made will be useful to a family and will last for a long time.”
The girls spearheaded the project, taking charge in every step, including planning, shopping, cutting, sanding, assembling, staining and varnishing.
They delivered the completed tables to Family Promise on Jan. 18.
“These well-crafted tables will give our homeless families and individuals a sense of home while in our shelter and definitely in years to come after they graduate our program and use them in their own homes," said Family Promise Executive Director Lori Prescott. "I’m grateful for the heartfelt care and skills that these young ladies shared with Family Promise of Washington County and the homeless that we serve. I’m proud of these young ladies and am glad that their time and efforts of selflessness will earn them their Silver Awards.”
The Silver Award earned represents the girls' accomplishments in leadership and community.
"Teamwork was very important to the project because we all worked better together than alone," said Wirth. "It was rewarding to help the community."