Rowlett Scouts to build wheelchair accessible flowerbeds for Coventry Reserve in Wylie
(ROWLETT/WYLIE-April 13, 2013) Members of Girl Scout Troop 334, Service Unit 14, are reaching out to the local community to gain support for their Bronze Award project.
The nine troop members are building two wheelchair accessible flower beds for Coventry Reserve in Wylie, a nonprofit organization that offers a day program for special needs adults. The Scouts will plant fragrant herbs and flowers, provide gardening tools and offer instructions on how to care for the plants.
“This will allow Coventry to start a therapeutic horticulture program. By building raised beds, even those in wheelchairs and with other disabilities will be able to enjoy gardening,” said Sara DelRegno, Co-Leader of Girl Scout Troop 334.
One reason the Troop chose this project is because one of their own Scouts has special needs, and she has expressed interested in working at Coventry one day, DelRegno said.
“Also, Coventry residents make pottery, and they just added a new piece to their collection. They have added a Tussie Mussie vase, which is a Victorian flower bouquet. The flowers that the Scouts plant will be ones that can be placed in their Tussie Mussies,” she said.
The Scouts hope to complete the project by May 1, in time for a Tussie Mussie tea on Saturday, May 4 to show the new addition to the Coventry Pottery Line. The Scouts will begin planting flowers in the beds on April 21.
Fundraiser at Raising Cane’s
On Thursday, April 18, from 10 am. to 11 p.m., Raising Cane’s in Rowlett (located at 4509 Lakeview Parkway, behind Target) will donate 15% of their net sales of those who mention Girl Scout Troop 334. Come out for dinner and support the Coventry Reserve project, as the girls work to achieve the highest award a Junior Scout can receive.
Donations of potting soil, gardening tools, flowers, and water wands are needed. Gift cards are greatly appreciated. Two raised bed “tables” are $498; the total estimated cost of the project is about $1,000, reported DelRegno.
“Our girls presented the project to our Service Unit leaders at the beginning of March. They have all learned so much and can tell you first hand why they are so passionate about this project, and why the tables we are using were the best choice, and why we are using the flowers that we have chosen. They are a great group of girls and I am so proud of their hard work behind the scenes, but now we are reaching out to our community for support,” DelRegno said.
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