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Girl Scouts Clean Up Edison

The Edison Girl Scout Silver Award project team members (L to R)  Bailey Skibar, Simran Bhojwani, McKenna Byrne and Victoria Pennix near the 9/11 Memorial. Credits: Denise Skibar
The Edison Girl Scout Silver Award project team members (L to R)  McKenna Byrne, Bailey Skibar and Victoria Pennix cleaning up Edison. Credits: Denise Skibar
The Edison Girl Scout Silver Award project winning sign: Keep it Clean, Keep it Green, That’s the Dream. Credits: Edison Girl Scout Troop 80488

EDISON, NJ - The Girl Scout Silver Award is one of the highest awards a Girl Scout can achieve.

Four girls from Edison Girl Scout Troop 80488 have just recently completed their Silver Award project, Keep it Clean, Keep it Green, That’s the Dream.

The Girls Scout Silver Award project team of Simran Bhojwani, McKenna Byrne, Victoria Pennix and Bailey Skibar focused their project on cleaning up Edison Township parks and to find a way to remind parks users to pick up after themselves.

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“It takes only a little time and effort to pick-up after ourselves, but by doing that we can affect our entire community in a positive manner,” said Victoria Pennix. “We hope that in our endeavors we have sparked a chain reaction allowing others to follow in our footsteps.”

The girls cleaned up three of the 27 parks in Edison: Lake Papaiani, Oak Tree Pond and Stephen J. Capestro.

“The Silver Award project is something that I can look back on and be proud of,” said McKenna Byrne. “It’s an amazing feeling to know that all of my hard work and determination has contributed on making my community a better place.”

In order to make project sustainable, they created three signs with the help of a graphic designer. The girls presented their three designs to the Edison Town Council onrecently along with their findings while cleaning up the parks.  

The council chose the Keep it Clean, Keep it Green, That’s the Dream sign and it will be hung sometime in the Spring in the three parks the girls cleaned up.

The Girl Scouts hope the sign will be hung in the remaining 24 parks. The sign is designed as a visual onsite reminder to the public to maintain Edison parks for a cleaner and healthier place.

“Our Silver Award project has pushed me to do my best and I have developed skills that will last a lifetime,” said Bailey Skibar. “It’s nice to know that our project is making a difference within our community.”

The Girls Scouts also produced two public service announcements. A video that can be seen below and a pamphlet each consist of facts on the expense of litter and its impact on Edison. Included are images from their cleanup effort to reinforce their message, Keep it Clean, Keep it Green, That’s the Dream. The pamphlet also includes tips on things people can do to make a difference.

“Throughout this project, we faced many obstacles. There were problems that were not solved alone, but by a team,” said Simran Bhojwani. “I have realized that teamwork is a very strong characteristics and it makes a great impact.”

All the girls expressed that they hope their project expands outside of Edison to other communities to Keep it Clean, Keep it Green, That’s the Dream.

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