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Girl Scout Gold Project: Decorative Planters in Downtown Fanwood

George Kraus of Coldwell Banker with Kaavya Krishna-Kumar and Mayor Colleen Mahr Credits: Tom Kranz
Close up of a planter sponsored by Coldwell Banker. Credits: Tom Kranz
Mayor Mahr addresses the assembled supporters. Credits: Tom Kranz

FANWOOD, NJ --   Girl Scout Kaavya Krishna-Kumar has brought some beauty to downtown Fanwood by decorating planters along South Ave. with intricate mosaics. She found local sponsors to purchase the planters, which she decorated over a period of weeks using designs from friends. 

Mayor Colleen Mahr recently joined several of sponsors at the dedication of six hand-decorated planters made by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School student for her Girl Scout Gold Project.


Kaavya decorated the planters with mosaic tiles, a process that took a number of weeks and was supported by local sponsors who purchased materials and the planters themselves. They can be seen along South Ave. in front of the Fanwood train station.

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The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. The prestigious award challenges girls to change the world through a project that benefits the community both short- and long-term. A Gold Award project follows seven steps:

  1. Identify an issue
  2. Investigate it thoroughly
  3. Get help and build your team
  4. Create a plan
  5. Present plan and gather feedback
  6. Take action
  7. Educate and inspire.

Sponsors of the Fanwood planters included Coldwell Banker, Ivy Educational Services, Home Depot , K9 Resorts, and the Fanwood-Scotch Plains Rotary Club. Kaavya Krishna-Kumar will be a high school senior in September. 

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