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South Plainfield Girl Scout Troop #65388 Dedicates Children’s Reading Garden


SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – April showers brings May flowers, so the saying goes. It is that time of year. Residents are hard at work planting flowers and vegetables. South Plainfield Girl Scout Troop #65388 was hard at work this past Saturday creating a garden of their own, but this garden was of a different sort. South Plainfield Girl Scout Troop # 65388 dedicated a Children’s Reading Garden at the newly expanded South Plainfield Public Library. The Reading Garden is located outside the library near the children’s room.

Mayor Anesh, members of the Borough Council and many well-wishers were on hand to thank and celebrate Troop #65388’s idea and hard work. “I as well as members of the Borough Council want to thank Troop #65388 for dedicating this flower garden to the Library and future generations of South Plainfield children,” said South Plainfield Mayor Matthew P. Anesh


Girl Scout Troop #65388 is using the reading garden to earn their Bronze Awards. The Bronze Award requires members of Troop 65388 work together as a group and come up with a project that serves the community and is sustainable. The end result was the Children’s Reading Garden, which features a multi-colored painted bench, moveable barrels with live perennials planted inside, bird houses, and colorfully painted flowers made with pressed wood and recycled bottle caps.

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During Saturday’s dedication ceremony, the girls spoke speak about their project and Mayor Matt Anesh will be on hand to present the troop with a proclamation. Here is what Girl Scout Troop # 65388 said:



Troop 65388 is currently comprised of nine girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grade with the following members earning the Bronze Award: Emma Browning, Olivia Glynn, Rebecca Hollo, Jillian McConville, Antonella Notino, Alexis Ratti,  Alanna Rivera, Alyssa Rivera, Kirstyn Suroweic, Bianc Valdeiglesias, and Sofia Yuill.

“I am just so proud of their dedication and their hard work,” said Troop 65388 Leader Roxanne Rivera, noting that the project took about a year from start to finish.

According to Rivera, the project would have been possible without the help from parents, the generous donation of supplies from Home Depot, and the support of those affiliated with the library. “I want to thank everyone who helped make this possible,” she said.

“We are extremely thankful to the members of Girl Scout Troop #65388 for their thoughtful and generous donation,” said Library Director Linda Hansen of the troop's forthcoming donation. “With the warm weather upon us, we are hopeful the reading garden will be a wonderful new addition and something we hope so many of our young readers and their families will enjoy”

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