It is one thing to make a difference in your community. But when you make a difference for Mother Earth, that is an even larger accomplishment!If you attended the graduation ceremony at Dragon Stadium in Southlake on June 7, you could not have missed the stadium’s newest addition. No, I am not talking about a new electronic board or concrete addition. I am talking about the corrugated recycling bins for discarded plastic trash. The Junior Girl Scouts of Troop No. 4036, made up of girls ages 10 and 11, saw a need and Dragon Stadium is even “greener” than ever. This troop noticed that Dragon Stadium did not have a place to recycle plastic products. So the group took action. They first met with the Carroll school board, which embraced the idea. From there, they moved on to key personnel within the school district and eventually with David Allison, who was appointed recycle coordinator for the district. Allison helped them get a recycle dumpster, provided by Republic Recycling, placed inside the stadium. Additionally, he purchased 40 corrugated recycling bins for the stadium.Then it became “test” time. As luck would have it, the perfect opportunity was around the corner — graduation ceremonies. What made this opportunity so ideal was that this was a short event and that the concessions stands were closed. Water bottles were being sold by the Carroll High School Parent Teacher Organization. Junior Girl Scouts from the troop manned a recycle bin educating and encouraging guests to recycle their plastics. Following the event, the girls spent more than two hours emptying left behind water bottles, scavenging the stadium seating for water bottles and paper, and collecting and bagging all the water bottles.The results? One big fat “green” success! More than 80 percent of the trash collected was plastic water bottles. Another 10 percent was cardboard boxes that stored the water bottles. And about 5 percent were programs the guests left behind. The paper products were just a bonus. After all was said and done, more than 40 large bags of water bottles with an estimated 3,000 empty water bottles were collected and will find a new life other than being dumped in the local landfill. Because of the hard work, along with other endeavors over the past year, the troop has been awarded their Bronze Award, the highest achievement a Junior Girl Scout can obtain. By the way, this isn’t over. On Aug. 30, when the Southlake Dragons play the Allen Eagles, and continuing for all five home games, those recycle bins will be in place and ready for all the fans’ discarded plastic. Now that takes Dragon “Green” to a whole new level!Way to go girls. You have made an impact for generations to come.
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