MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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June 24, 2014

Girls’ work benefits garden

Andrea Chancellor would like to see more girls get involved in Girl Scouts.

“We have several programs through a grant that we received to go and visit with girls throughout the Muskogee area, talk about Girl Scouting and introduce them to some of the programs that we do,” said Chancellor, marketing and membership executive for Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma.

Monday, a plot in the community garden on Dayton Street was planted with ornamentals, thanks to a project sponsored by Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma and Muskogee Teen Center.

This was one of several summer community projects for Kolia Morton, who is a youth volunteer with the teen center. Although not a member of Girl Scouts, Morton said she enjoys planting and became involved because she thought the afternoon project sounded like fun.

The perennials were planted with the help of Kendall Gordon, who is majoring in public horticulture at Oklahoma State University and is a summer intern with the OSU Extension Service in Muskogee.

Gordon helped Chancellor select the ornamentals and assisted with clearing the plot and with the planting. Gordon said ornamental plants chosen for the all-sun plot are either native to Oklahoma or “they do very well here.” The plants are all perennials.

Monday’s planting also is part of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Summer Blast! 2014 series, Chancellor said. The program continues through July 31.

A recent Summer Blast project included a discussion about healthy living, which included discussion about healthy living and tasting new vegetables.

“We just recently went to the Cherokee Nation Immersion School, talked about healthy living and sang Girl Scout songs,” Chancellor said.

Some of the girls at that event were Girl Scouts, and they provided information about activities with their groups.

Girl Scouts representatives plan to be at the library today to introduce the Lady Bug Club to the girls in the summer reading program. Ladybug releases also are scheduled at the library and at the community garden this summer.

The programs are geared toward providing information about Girl Scouts to area girls, Chancellor said.

On July 19, at Arrowhead Mall, all Girl Scouts in Eastern Oklahoma, prospective Girl Scouts, their families and adult volunteers, along with Muskogee musician Leann Matthews will be at Arrowhead Mall for a sing-a-long.

“Since it’s a sing-a-long, we’ll have Tagalong Girl Scout cookies to eat as snacks,” she said.  

Organizers expect about 100 to attend.

Reach Anita Reding at (918) 684-2903 or areding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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