Girl Scouts Troop 697 worked along side kind-hearted community members to remove 20 large black trash bags full of litter from the streets of downtown Gardiner on Earth Day.

Six local women planned the Earth Day community action project. The main goal of the organizers was to teach awareness and demonstrate that together we can make a positive change in the world.

More than 40 people participated in the clean-up event. The group included several environmentally conscious community members and their families, as well as three Girl Scout of Maine Troops, Troop 697, Troop 1075 and Troop 696. The group gathered at 2 p.m. at the Gardiner Common on Dresden Avenue. The group discussed safety and its mission to do its part to make a difference in the world. The group broke up into smaller groups and dispersed throughout downtown Gardiner. Each group followed a mapped out route to maximize their reach. Together the group cleaned more than 15 streets in the downtown Gardiner area.

Girl Scouts Troop 697 used this community take action project to earn one of its Journey Award. Over several weeks leading up to Earth Day, the girls learned about ways people affect the environment and why it is so important to recycle, reuse and reduce. After the cleanup, the group reconvened at the Gardiner Water front to celebrated its efforts with music, food and fun.

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