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Girl Scout Keeps Local Bees Abuzz and Earns Silver Award

Ella Group

Oxford, OH — Meet Ella of Oxford Girl Scout Troop 46726. When she learned about the importance of bees and the shrinking bee population, she decided to do something to help bees flourish in her community. She started a Bumble Bands project, making and planting homemade strips of seeds that grow into bee-friendly flower gardens.

“I live in an agrarian and rural community, and the success of crops determines the livelihood of many local families,” said Ella, a freshman at Talawanda Middle School. “If I can provide a better environment for local bees, I can help the whole community, from farm to table.”

Ella recruited volunteers to make and plant over 150 Bumble Bands. She also planted a large-scale bee garden at Hueston Woods Pioneer Cabin on land donated by the Oxford Museum Association.

Her project—brought to life by a $500 Summer of Service Grant from Youth Service America (YSA) and The Walt Disney Company—was recently featured on a PSA on the Disney Channel promoting 2016 YSA grants.

Ella proves that small ideas can make a big difference. She identified an issue in her community, made a plan, and took action, putting over 50 hours into her project and earning her Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. Way to go, Ella!

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