Thursday, 27 February 2014
Anybody who went to the Franklin gun show this past weekend may have noticed something different about the bi-annual show. Among the guns, tazers, rations and other survival gear, just inside the lobby of the Macon County Community Facilities Building a visitor could find Girl Scout Troop 30536 posted up to sell cookies.
The business venture was to aid the troop's pursuit of a Silver Award, the second highest award than can be attained by a girl scout and the highest for a Girl Scout Cadette (6th-8th grade). In order to receive the award, girls complete a Cadette Journey prior to beginning their project. Once that is completed, the girls must complete a 50-hour service project that will positively impact the community. Upon completion of the project, the Girl Scouts submit a report to their local Girl Scout Council.
As their community service project, Troop 30536 chose to raise money via cookie sales and other community events to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine for Macon Middle School – the only school in the county that does not have one. Since a machine usually costs between $1,400 and $1,800, the girls have stayed busy raising the funds.