Margaret Danenhauer, of Westfield Girl Scout Troop 40490, has earned her Silver Award. The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout cadette can earn and gives girls the chance to do big things and improve their community.
For her award, Margaret planted a spring flower garden at Roosevelt Intermediate School around the school sign at the corner of Clark Street and Tuttle Parkway. In the fall, the girl scout planted a variety of bulbs including daffodils, allium, grape hyacinth, and scilla. Margaret, an eighth grader at Roosevelt, chose this project because, while the school has summer and fall landscaping, there were no spring flowers gardens. Margaret planted the garden as a tribute to her time at Roosevelt, planting bulbs to represent each grade level as well as the teachers and administration.
Margaret believes that this experience has taught her about responsibility and hard work. Planning and implementing the project independently really showed her what it takes to get a big assignment done. Working on a plan that benefits her school helped her to connect with my community. Margaret also developed her communication skills by contacting and working with school officials on the project. Margaret even met other members of the Westfield community while she was planting the garden, several of whom have sent her pictures of the spring flowers.
The garden will be a lasting memory of her time at Roosevelt and a lovely addition to the landscape of Westfield although she and her classmates have not been at Roosevelt this spring to view the blossoms, she has received emails and texts from friends and members of the Westfield community, who she met while planting the garden, with pictures of the spring beauties.
Margaret, along with the all the Westfield Girl Scouts earning the Highest Awards, will be honored during a special scout ceremony.