Girl Scouts Troop 20316 members earn Silver Award

Girl Scout Troop 20316 of Farragut Middle School has earned its Silver Award, the second highest award in Girl Scouts.

Girls chose to help Family Pro-mise Shelter of Knoxville for their project, Corinne Castor, Troop 20316 leader, said.

They broke into two groups and worked on two separate issues.

One group addressed the shelter’s temperature issue that arose because the building had no window coverings. Girls altered and sewed curtains, added tie backs to them and put up curtain rods for all 13 windows.

“This will help with the utility bills and make it more comfortable for the families who are staying there,” Castor said.

The second group addressed safety concerns for a toddler play area. The girls built an additional wall to keep the toddlers from crawling up and over an existing wall in the play area and made a new gate. They added chalkboards and place to hang art work. They also added windows to the wall to give it a playhouse feel.

Both groups made two flower boxes to put on each side of the gate they made for the toddler enclosure. During the holiday season troop members also planned and made a dinner for the families at the shelter, Castor said.