PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
Girl Scout Troop 1321 B

MAKING POSTERS to promote the sale of tiles is part of the fundraising effort of Girl Scout Jr. Troop 1321, left to right, Abby Porter, Zoë Bryant, Chloe Habas, Rebecca Hulsing, Tessa Bush and Haley Kline. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

Prospecting

Girl Scouts helping make garden grow

By From page B1 | March 24, 2014

Six blossoming beauties, all members of Girl Scout Jr. Troop 1321 of Placerville, have been working diligently to help raise money for the popular garden program at Louisiana Schnell School.

The fifth-graders, Rebecca Hulsing, Haley Kline, Chloe Habas, Tessa Bush, Abby Porter and Zoe Bryant all are busy selling ceramic tiles that will decorate a wall at the school and parents and other members of the public are welcome to join the fun.

Each tile purchased for $15 will be painted by the purchasers, promising a colorful, unique addition to the school, where gardening has been firmly rooted for years.

Children learn about where food comes from and about the natural cycle of life with the program and this year the school is planning a new garden space. That’s where the tile fundraiser comes in, plus it helps the half-dozen young Girl Scouts earn credits toward receiving the coveted Bronze Award, the highest honor they can garner at this level of scouting.

The girls agreed on the project after meeting together and “throwing ideas out there,” said Rebecca. “We wanted to help the community and it’s fun hanging out with friends.”

All six Girl Scouts agreed that the creation of the tile wall likely will be remembered for years, even after they’ve moved on to middle school, high school and beyond.

“It’s fun to make memories over the years at Schnell School,” said Chloe. “And we’re leaving Schnell School with memories of us.”

Chloe and her pals agreed that it would be “cool” to come back to the school later and see how the new garden is faring.

The school’s two older garden areas are lying fallow and there has not been any winter crops grown on campus for a year now, according to Maggie Bush, troop leader and Tessa’s mom.

Bush said there will be a special day set aside, once the tiles are sold, for the kids and their parents and the purchasing public to come to the gym and have a big painting party.

The idea to place the painted tiles on the new garden wall was kicked around, Maggie added, but the construction there is too porous and so it was decided to mount the tiles on a nearby building.

The Kiwanis Club of Placerville has been generous in helping fund the tile effort, as have several businesses contacted by the girls.

Maggie said the Kiwanis Club became involved after the Girl Scouts presented a PowerPoint explanation of their project. Other local groups who would like to get involved and see the presentation may contact Maggie Bush at 530-642-9401.

Because of the donations Schnell School students whose parents might not be able to afford a $15 tile will participate in the painting party due to the contributions.

“The kids are so hyped up about this project and it is our hope that most of the school will be involved in the multipurpose room that will be filled with happy kids” during the painting, Bush said.

School officials hope to have the whimsically painted tiles up before Easter break in April. Pre-sales have been brisk but those who wish to learn more may call 530-642-9401.

Bush will provide a form for needed information to get you going, including making sure the right kind of paint is used on the outdoors tiles. She added that Peter and Karen Wolfe from Imagination Theater are pitching in with creative ideas and talent.

The goal is to sell 100 tiles, for a total of $1,500 for the new garden, which would really please Julia Johnsen.

“They love the gardens and I think it’s wonderful,” said Johnsen, the school’s garden coordinator, speaking of Jr. Troop 1321’s efforts.

Johnsen, who was wearing polka-dot rubber gardening boots on a recent day at school, added, “It’s great that they want to help us, all the funding donations. We love our garden program at Schnell because it adds beauty while educating the students.

“They’re outdoors, digging, planting and learning,” said Johnson.

Pat Lakey

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