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Horticulture Program Assists Scout Project

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

Jerry PittmanWINTERVILLE—A group of Girl Scouts received one of their organization’s most prestigious awards this month after completing a project to redesign the prayer garden at a local church.

On June 8, members of Girl Scout Troop 3661 – Emily Christian, Olivia Coley, Kayla Gaylord, Makayla Owens, Alyssa Powell and Jada Weston – received the Girl Scout Bronze Award for redesigning the prayer garden at Winterville Baptist Church, where they meet bimonthly.

As part of the project, Pitt Community College Horticultural Technology Curriculum Coordinator Jerry Pittman taught the girls about climate zones and helped them select plants that grow best in eastern North Carolina. He also gave them garden design tips and, along with students from his program, directed the actual planting process.

Troop Leader Alice Powell said members of Troop 3661 were grateful for the assistance they received from Pittman and his students. “Their willingness to work with the girls helped (the girls) gain a greater knowledge of horticulture,” she said.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is designed to teach girls about leadership and is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can receive. The program encourages troops to identify and design projects that will improve some aspect of their communities and requires each girl to work at least 30 hours on the project.