[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]GREEN RIVER– Girl Scout Troop 1932 out of Green River, made up of 14 second and third grade Brownies, took on a Take Action Project earlier this year, in which they worked to raise money to buy an ADA swing set for Collier Park in Green River.
The girls sold 8,600 boxes of cookies to raise $1,900. The City of Green River was able to match the funds raised, which allowed the troop to purchase the swings. The City then helped to install them.
“These girls worked really hard to raise money for it,” Brad Raney, Green River Parks and Recreation Director said. “They really tried to engage the public.”
“These girls are awesome and this equipment is awesome,” Raney added.
The troop hopes that kids with mobility disabilities will now be able to play at the park with their friends and families.
A Project Close to Their Hearts
Brooklyn Phillips, a member of the troop, has a five-year-old little sister, Kinley, who has a genetic disorder that limits her ability to walk, talk, and move like a typical five-year-old.
Troop member Alexis Cory proposed the idea that they use cookie sales to purchase ADA playground equipment for Green River city parks so Kinley and other kids like her can be included in playing at the park.
The troop dedicated the swings to Kinley and all kids with special needs, and thanked her for being their inspiration for the project.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]“She is the best sister in the whole world,” Brooklyn said. “I’m lucky to have her as a sister because she taught me that being different isn’t a bad thing.”
“This project means a lot to me because now I can watch my sister giggle and smile and play,” Brooklyn added. “Now she can play on the swings like me.”[/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid element_width=”6″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1536165622011-16d52c0f-8bf8-1″ include=”209817,209816″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Brooklyn presented her sister with a patch on behalf of the troop to thank her for inspiring the project. The girls are happy that this equipment will not only benefit Kinley, but will allow so many other children in the community to join in play with their friends and families.
The girls each used a pair of scissors to cut the ribbon on the equipment, declaring the swings open.