Girls Earn Top Awards and Create Outdoor Space at Ranch View Middle School
Ranch View Middle School is now home to a beautiful community garden and outdoor classroom, thanks to four Girl Scout Cadettes from Girl Scout Troop 3505. Elise Cary, Emily Lucker, Abby Ulrich and Madison Weitzel worked for more than a year and half to plan, research and create the garden.
The project included budgeting and raising funds to revamp the space; working with a local nursery to design a garden layout; providing 20 xeriscape plants for the garden site; working with Douglas County schools and Girl Scouts of Colorado to obtain the appropriate approvals to work at the site; and providing and completing all the labor to install the new garden. These tasks included weeding, tilling, planting and mulching the outdoor garden space.
At the time, when the project was started, the girls were all students at Ranch View Middle School. Now, all four are freshman at ThunderRidge High School. The project earned them a Silver Award, the highest award level of for a Girl Scout Cadette. The girls created the space with the hope that it will be used as an outdoor classroom and community space. They also worked with Ann Rhinehart, a teacher at Ranch View, to create a garden club to help sustain it in the future.