ORANGE CITY, FL—May 16, 2011 – Grabbing shovels that are bigger than they are, 11 young Daisies and Brownies will plant a 10-foot-tall live oak tree on the grounds of Florida Hospital Fish Memorial at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17.
The girls, ages 6 to 9, are members of Girl Scout Troop 1456, based in Deltona.
“When I suggested that we take on a project that would leave something for others to enjoy, the girls were very excited,” said troop leader Kim Boger, a registered nurse at the hospital. “This group is very active in the community. I always tell them to reach for the highest star and be the best they can be, and they have never disappointed me.”
Boger, a former Girl Scout herself, instills core values – respect, environmental responsibility and community service – into her young charges. This isn’t the first time the girls have helped their community. In the past year, they have delivered Christmas treats to nursing home residents, collected items for a church food bank, sent greeting cards to soldiers overseas, and given a Thanksgiving basket to a needy Deltona family.
The tree was donated by Home Depot of Port Orange, and the troop is paying for a plaque using money from their cookie sales. The plaque will read “Making the world a better place” and will include the girls’ names: Abigail Barber, Cathryne Barber, Megan Blunt, Bethany Boger, Lindsey Boger, Emily Dees, Madilynn Dees, Tiffany Howard, Hailey Smith, Jamie Stephenson and Isabella Vaught.
The cast aluminum plaque will be mounted on a granite stand made by Boger’s husband, Michael, a carpenter.
The girls chose May 17 as their tree-planting date because they want to complete the project before their May 20 “bridging ceremony” – when the Daisies will become Brownies, and the Brownies will become Juniors.
“We’re thrilled that the girls decided to give back to their community,” said Joe Johnson, President/CEO of Florida Hospital Fish Memorial. “Our patients, visitors and staff will enjoy this lovely tree for many years to come.”