By ABBY SLANKER
Girl Scout Cadets from Troop 80261 working on their Silver Award, which is the highest national award that a Girl Scout in sixth- through eighth grade can earn, planted trees at Fair Park April 27 in cooperation with the city of Canfield.
The troop, under the leadership of Denise Joseph, Michelle Head and Pattie Campos, planted 13 Colorado Blue Spruce, four Black Spruce and two Australian pine trees with the help of Mark Eddy, chairman of the Canfield Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Board and certified arborist.
Troop members included Claire Berlin, Marina Campos, Sophia Campos, Marisa Head, Britney Young, Fiona Lally, Nicole Joseph, Lane Taylor and Sophie Hodge. The cadets put in the labor, including measuring between trees, digging holes, planting the trees and watering the trees when they were done.
“This was the week of Earth Day and Arbor Day was yesterday, so this was a perfect project for the Girl Scouts and the city to work on together. Planting trees is very important and the board appreciates their volunteer efforts on behalf of the park and the people who use it,” Eddy said.
According to Joseph, the Silver Award project should meet a need in the community and must be planned, organized and implemented by the cadets and has several requirements.
“The girls chose the idea to plant trees at Fair Park and care for the trees throughout the summer. They celebrated Arbor Day and used this as an opportunity to educate themselves and others about trees, conservation and the environment which are important parts of life in the Canfield community. Canfield has been a Tree City USA for more than 32 years,” said Joseph.
The trees, provided by the city, are deer resistant and were planted as windbreakers. Canfield Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Board members Bob Minkler, Marleen Belfiore and Diane Degnan were also on hand for the planting.
“The girls used their planting skills to dig holes and plant each tree giving them a sense of pride at completion. The girls felt that it would be nice to plant the trees in the memory of the children and teachers who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” said Joseph.