PRINCETON — Five Cadettes from Girl Scout Troop 1652 of Princeton are working on a community service project in hopes of earning a Silver Award, which is the highest honor a Cadette can earn.
The Cadettes — Heather Heider, Sadie Foehring, Aryal Phillips, Lea Quinlan and Rylee Landrus — voted to make produce bins for the Bureau County Food Pantry.
During a trip to the pantry earlier this year, they discovered it was in need of better organization of donated fruits and vegetables.
“The Bureau County Food Pantry is really in dire need so they can be more efficient with giving out food to people,” Quinlan said.
Vanessa Hoffeditz, Bureau County Food Pantry director, gave them the inspiration of what she needed, and the girls got to work planning for the project, which requires 50 service hours.
R.P. Lumber Company of Princeton donated the needed materials for the project, for which the girls were very grateful.
They also got a few fast lessons on using power tools for cutting wood and drilling holes.
“They are realizing it’s much harder work than they intended, but they’re doing it,” said Michell Heider, Troop 1652 leader.
She added that while using power tools can be intimating for 13-year-old girls, it was a neat thing to see the pride in their faces once they tried it out for the first time and realized it wasn’t as frightening as they had imagined.
The wood was then stained and assembled.
The girls will be working with Doc’s Blacksmithing of Tiskilwa to stamp copper plates that will be tacked to the side of each bin. The plates will label the project with the year and troop number. The bins will be donated to the food pantry this month.
The Cadettes are hoping to become Senior Cadettes next year, which will allow them the opportunity to work toward another community service project requiring 80 hours of service time to earn their Gold Awards. A Girl Scout’s Gold Award is similar in rank to a Boy Scout’s Eagle Award.