To celebrate the Girl Scout 100th Anniversary, our council-wide 2012 Take Action Project will be a year-long endeavor that will culminate in the Centennial Day of Service on October 13.
Together, Girl Scouts and adult volunteers across our 49-county region will do their part to make the world a better place. Each service unit should have a Centennial Take Action Project coordinator who will plan and implement the Centennial Day of Service: 2012 Take Action Project in your community.
For the past three years, River Valleys’ Take Action Project theme has been Forever Green, and girls have learned about science through environmentally-focused projects. This year, the focus is to improve water resource conservation and protection. Over the course of the 2011–2012 program year and on the Centennial Day of Service, participants will:
- Rake, sweep, bag and remove loose dirt and leaves from sewer grates, boat launches, parks, Parking lots and other public spaces where leaves accumulate
- Educate local residents by distributing educational door hangers to inform the community about how Girl Scouts is making the world a better place and invite them to get involved
- Label storm drain inlets with pre-cast messages to warn citizens not to dump pollutants such as chemicals and leaves into the drains
All of these activities will reduce phosphorus levels in lakes, rivers ponds and streams. Cleanup efforts are estimated to remove 20,000 pounds of phosphorous from entering the waterways, prevent 10 million pounds of algae growth and save the state up to $6 million in cleanup costs.
Learn more about the Centennial Day of Service: 2012 Take Action Project and how you can get involved.