Two animal loving Girl Scouts have installed a new gate to the Wrentham dog park on North St. and for their efforts, earned the highest Cadette Award. Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts announced that Grace Kelly Griffin and Kassidy McDonald both of Norfolk, MA have earned their Silver Award for the improvements made to the park.
This isn’t the first time Griffin and McDonald have helped animals. The two earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award for installing a pet shelf at the Norfolk Food Pantry. In keeping with their Bronze Award work they wanted to continue helping animals in their community and the Wrentham Dog Park was the perfect opportunity.
They heard the dog park needed repair so they started by surveying the patrons to find out what improvements they should focus on first. The biggest concern of the park visitors was the dilapidated entrance that did not shut properly. Many feared that dogs could escape from the park. Griffin and McDonald met with Wrentham Developmental Center officials. The dog park is located on the state run facility’s land. The girls spoke with Paula Perrotti, and other officials, at the WDC and presented their plan of action to replace and relocate the entrance, which was approved.
The two Girl Scouts raised over $800 for the new entrance by making and selling homemade dog biscuits at the Cracker-Barrel Fair (pictured).They also ran a community yard sale, and together sold over 600 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.
Griffin and McDonald enlisted the help of local businesses such as Legge and Son Fence, Dowling Corp., and Wayne Sundquist at Lawn King Landscaping. The businesses provided discounts and dontations and even spent time working on the project. Together with their mentors, Wayne Sundquist and Paul Legge, the girls learned how to take down a fence, level the ground, and install a fence.
The Silver Award is the highest award that a Cadette level Girl Scout can earn. To earn the Silver Award one must identify a need and make a sustainable change in their community. They must dedicate at least 50 community service hours to their project, build community relationships, and develop their leadership skills. The two Girl Scouts will bridge to Senior Level in Scouting, with their troop, this fall at which time they will start working on earning their Gold Award.
Griffin and McDonald are proud of their accomplishment and hope that their work at the park will encourage others to also help make changes to the Wrentham Dog Park.