Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Girl Scouts & Shell Oil Company partner to revitalize outdoor education space at local elementary

Girl Scouts from Nottingham Elementary School rallied their community, including classmates, parents, Shell Oil Company employees and local volunteers, to enhance the schools’ outdoor education area in May.

“Through Girl Scouting, girls have the opportunity to develop a keen environmental awareness and impact their communities through the support of community partners, like Shell,” said Melissa Hardy, Girl Experience manager for Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC). “Whether they're learning about endangered wildlife, developing creative recycling projects or working towards earned grade-level awards, girls’ main focus is learning about the importance of preservation.”

Girl Scouts and members of their team planted fruit trees and a wildflower garden, created a gravel path in an existing vegetable garden and laid stepping stones. To educate students about the importance of conservation, the team also assembled composting bins, prepared an area for composting and crafted signs to promote a new recycling area.

This garden project is just one of many environmental activities made possible by GSSJC through a $20,000 grant awarded by Shell as part of the It’s Your Planet—Love It Leadership Journey. The series teaches girls in kindergarten through seniors in high school about grade-appropriate environmental issues such as clean water and air, noise pollution, global warming, soil contamination and agricultural processes.

GSSJC was recently awarded an additional grant from Shell that will help the Council continue to provide education opportunities for girls to learn more about the importance of environmental issues.