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Mehlville School District G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-Takers, Leaders)TM help change their corner of the world for better


St. Louis, MO – February 1, 2018 – What has no arms, legs or eyes but is beneficial to the environment? In 2017, four St. Louis County Girl Scouts earned the Girl Scout Silver Award by sharing their passion for composting with community members and introducing them to some new friends, worms.

Madeline Aguado, Morgan Landis, Kate Lewis and Olivia Rausch, eighth-grade Girl Scouts from Oakville Middle School and Bernard Middle School completed their Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest achievement a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. To earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, Troop 491 organized and led four composting workshops. Determined to reduce waste, Aguado said she and her fellow troop members wanted their community to know there are inexpensive and easy methods to compost. The four Girl Scouts researched material, met with experts in the field and gathered supplies before they taught the classes.

The girls hosted the workshops at the Cliff Caves branch of the St. Louis County Library and were free to anyone interested in attending. Aguado said they showed participants how to make worm bins which is a cost-effective method to create 100-percent organic soil.

“We got a bunch of damp newspapers that were shredded and occasionally put in some food and sprayed the worms with water, so they didn’t turn into beef jerky,” Aguado said. “We put the worms in bins with airholes so they could breathe and over time, about four months, the worms started turning food into dirt.”

More than 40 individuals attended the workshops and Aguado said the troop feels they shared their composting knowledge in a positive manner. Their goal was to help participants feel like they could make a difference in reducing waste in their community and she believes they were successful.

The Girl Scout Silver Award requires determination, communication, time management and a desire to make a difference. This distinguished award challenges Girl Scout Cadettes, girls in grades six through eight, to change the world and solve a community issue; the process requires at least 50 hours of service and often spans months.

Earning the Girl Scout Silver Award is just one of the amazing thing girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit