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Written by:  Jessica Gaylord
Date: July 1, 2012

During the 2011-12 school year, 11 fourth-graders in Cary's Girl Scout Troop 1801 set out to earn their Bronze awards, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can achieve, and accomplished their goal by serving more than 150 volunteer hours at six local organizations.

Troop leaders Lauren Van Hemert and Betsy Morton paired the girls with Striving for More, the SPCA of Wake County, Shirley's Companion Animal Ministries, the Raleigh Rescue Mission, the Fuquay-Varina Emergency Food Pantry and the Town of Cary.

The girls sewed bead bags, planted an herb garden, built a dog house, made cat toys, assembled breakfast and lunch bags, and completed a variety of other projects. They recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive their Bronze awards from N.C. Rep. David Price.

"It's pretty remarkable what they have done this year," Morton says. "Their projects have empowered them to change the world."


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