Lakewood Advocate, Photos by Danny Fulgencio
The members of Troop 713 have been through a lot together in their young lives, most of the 10 and 11 year olds started in pre-K at St. John’s Episcopal School, where they are now in fifth grade. They grew up camping, making fires, decorating cakes and learning to give back as Girl Scouts. Now they’ve set their collective sights on earning a Bronze Award with a fundraiser that will help critters big and small.
“I think people should know we’re not doing this for our own satisfaction, or for the award,” says Riley Breedlove, 11. “We want to give back, we want to help the animals.”
But earning a Bronze Award is no small feat: each Girl Scout must contribute 20 hours of their time toward researching a community problem, finding a way to help and executing an action plan as a troop. All animal lovers, Troop 713 decided to raise funds for the SPCA of Texas and the Dallas Zoological Society.
“The money we make will help endangered species,” says Maggie Coleman, 10. “And we’re also helping animal shelters.”
The girls will be hand-making dog toys and treats, which they plan to sell at White Rock Lake Dog Park on Sunday, April 9 and May 7, from 1-4 p.m. They’ll host a third fundraiser April 23 from 1-4 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park. Not only will the fundraiser help critters, the learning process is helping these young ladies grow.
“I know these skills we’re using, we’ll definitely need them in the future,” says Susie Fagelman, 11.