Tags: Community & Outreach
Girl Scout Troop 29335 members, from left, Vivian Frame, Jordan Schroyer, Lizzy Spies, Amy Anderson and Aaliyah Stettner, showed their book about Roswell off to Mayor Jere Wood. Kathleen Sturgeon. (click for larger version)
June 25, 2013ROSWELL, Ga. — When a local Girl Scout troop set out to accomplish their Bronze Award, they decided to look no further than their community.
Troop 29335 is composed of rising sixth-graders who decided to write a book about four dogs who tour Roswell learning about the history and why it is important.
"We read 'Turn Homeward, Hannalee' at school, and that got us interested in the history," said Girl Scout Jordan Schroyer. "Then we came to the mayor's office to get our government badge and he talked more about the history and it got us more interested."
To earn the government badge, the Scouts learned how the government works and visited City Hall.
"We got to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a City Council meeting," said Lizzie Spies.
Their interest in the government inspired their book. The Scouts didn't just want a book with pretty pictures — they also wanted to showcase the city's history.
"We wanted to make it a little cartoonish but also have a lot of history to it," said Schroyer. "We wanted it to be historical fiction so it would attract younger children, but at the same time they'd also get to learn about their town. Once you know more about your town, you're more excited to live there."
Once the book was complete, the girls sent it to all Roswell-based elementary school libraries, targeting third- and fourth-graders.
Roswell Mayor Jere Wood heard about the girls and wanted to commend them for their accomplishment.
"It encourages them when they gain recognition; it validates what they're doing," said Wood. "I think it's good motivation. That's good for all of us to have motivated citizens."
Wood said he enjoyed the book.
"I loved the pictures — I was able to recognize most of them," said Wood. "That tells you they're well researched."
The girls, meanwhile, enjoyed getting to meet the mayor.
"It was exciting to get to meet Mayor Wood," said Amy Anderson. "He's the mayor — he's like a famous person. It's like meeting Selena Gomez."
This was published in the June 27 issue of the Revue & News.