The rainy, wet weather on Oct. 13 didn’t keep local Girl Scouts from raking and collecting 46 bags of leaves to be composted. Scouts that participated were, in front, Katheyrn Deters, Amelia Solum, Katie Lamm, Olivia Gleason, Ava Olerud and Haley Ardinger; and in the back, left to right, Emily Guberud, Gina Lund, Miah and Abbie Tate, Kyleigh Doering, Kailee Olerud, Jacine Johanningmeier and Hannah Gray.
The rainy, wet weather on Oct. 13 didn’t keep local Girl Scouts from raking and collecting 46 bags of leaves to be composted. Scouts that participated were, in front, Katheyrn Deters, Amelia Solum, Katie Lamm, Olivia Gleason, Ava Olerud and Haley Ardinger; and in the back, left to right, Emily Guberud, Gina Lund, Miah and Abbie Tate, Kyleigh Doering, Kailee Olerud, Jacine Johanningmeier and Hannah Gray.
Discover, Connect and Take Action are essential to Girl Scouting. The Spring Grove Girl Scouts and their council, River Valleys, hosted a Centennial Day of Service (CDOS) on Oct. 13tat Trollskogen Park in Spring Grove.

Fourteen Girl Scouts, their leaders and even some family members participated in the CDOS, a community leaf clean up at the park for water quality. Raking and removing leaves prevents water pollution by keeping them from our storm water systems, lakes, rivers and streams, which in turn keeps phosphorus from polluting water sources.

Leaves give off phosphorus as they decay, growing algae, decreasing oxygen levels in water and causing unhealthy conditions for fish and other organisms.

This effort to clean up leaves also saves money that would be spent in annual water clean-up costs.

Inviting you to make a difference, the Girl Scouts hope that you help support water quality by always keeping your leaves from the streets and drains too.

Lynn Rostad-Anderson was the helpful coordinator for this project and supplied the treats.