WESTVILLE — What happens to crayons that are no longer useful?
Six members of the Westville Girl Scout Troop 2611 collected those broken or unwanted crayons and sent them to a recycling center recently. For their efforts, the girls earned their Bronze Award, the highest award they can earn as a Junior Girl Scout.
Those involved were: Kyan Corley, sixth-grader at Schlarman Academy; Erin Toole, Santasia Elliott and Charity Cline, all sixth-graders at Judith Giacoma Elementary; and Autumn Marsh and Josalynn Castillo, both fifth-graders at Judith Giacoma.
Leader Jennifer Toole said the girls started in January and brainstormed ideas for a community service project. They then spent many hours (they each had to perform 20 hours) wrapping collection boxes and distributing them to school classrooms, churches and the Westville Library.
They also had to give a presentation to their principals in order to get approval to put the boxes in each classroom. The girls had to learn to work as a team to make the project successful.
At the end of the school year, they collected all of the boxes and sent them to the Crayon Recycling Program, where they were melted down to make new crayons. The girls collected about 77 pounds of crayons, Toole said.
Toole said the girls described the project as “fun,” “cool” and “awesome.”
What did they learn?
Toole said, “They learned about all of the wasted crayons every year and how most people just threw them away.”
She added, “They also learned a little about public speaking because they had to come up with a presentation and give it to their principal.”
Toole said the girls are now thinking of ideas for their Silver Award as Cadettes.
Assistant leaders for the Westville troop are Charla Spencer-Elliott and Brandi Gustin.
Over the last calendar year, Girl Scouts in Danville and other areas around Champaign have initiated a number of efforts to give back to their communities. The Girl Scouts of Central Illinois recognizes outstanding projects with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for those projects.