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July 24, 2014

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Junior Girl Scouts from Blowing Rock’s Troop #10396 pose with their “stained glass” butterflies. Back row, from left, Rilea Wike, Lily Devereux, Taylor Craig, Lauren Jaquay, Daisy Coffey, Rachel Nelson, Sophie Trew, Maddy Watson, Laurel Kiker and Ava Cutlip. Front row, from left, Sophia Crump, Kathleen Gibson, Libby Glidewell, Laikin Bartok, Riley Kiker, Callie Cooke, Molly Kirkland and Katie O'Bryan. Photo submitted

Originally published: 2014-05-22 11:41:13
Last modified: 2014-05-22 11:41:58

Girl Scouts aid butterfly garden project

By Jeff Eason

It seems as if everyone is getting butterfly fever these days.

Blowing Rock’s Junior Girl Scout Troop #10396 is currently working on a project to help with Blowing Rock School’s butterfly garden project. The troop will be on hand this Saturday at the school’s annual Spring Fling, selling bushes and other plants that attract butterflies. Proceeds from the sale of the plants, donated from The Mustard Seed, will go toward the butterfly garden project.

“The girls made tri-fold boards with information about butterflies on them,” said troop leader Susan Kiker. “Rangers from the National Park Service took them to the gift shop at the Linn Cone Viaduct so the public could see them.”

According to Kiker, the girls in the troop are working with the National Park Service on the butterfly project and will earn a special patch for their service to the community once they have completed ten hours of service per scout.

The “Plants for Monarchs” sale will take place at the Blowing Rock School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.

Girl Scout Troop #10396 is also working on a project called “Helping Those in Need,” which will earn each scout their “bronze award.” So far, they have served the community by conducting diaper drives, singing Christmas carols for the resident of Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation, and created “birthday bags” containing cake mix, birthday cards and balloons, in honor of the birthday of Juliette Lowe, founder of the Girl Scouts of America.

“They’ve been very involved in the community this year and have done a lot of good things,” said Kiker.

Members of Girl Scout Troop #10396 are mostly fourth and fifth graders from Blowing Rock School.

Blowing Rock School’s Earth Sciences class, taught by Elizabeth Tincher, is currently creating a butterfly garden at the school.

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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