Des Plaines Brownie Troop 41824, based at Iroquois Community School, planted a Red Maple tree April 22 to celebrate Arbor Day 2012.
The tree, which was donated by Lurvey's Garden Center, was planted near Iroquois Pool by members of the troop who are all second- and third-graders at the school.
"The girls wanted to do something special for Arbor Day, and also to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts," said Patricia Frontain, one of the troop's leaders.
According to Cynthia Morgan, another of the troop's leaders, "Girl Scouts Forever Green, our 100th Anniversary Take Action Project, is a global effort to improve the environment and protect natural resources."
In addition to the Red Maple, the Brownies also planted six 3-foot tall Oak saplings on the school grounds.
"It will be exciting for all of us to watch these trees and the girls all grow up together," said co-leader Sue Chiakis. "This will bring beauty to the school, and leave a lasting legacy of the Brownie troop that we all can be proud of."
After the planting ceremonies, the girls were treated to a tour of the nearby Des Plaines Park District Greenhouse, where Frontain works as a horticulturalist.
For information about the Girl Scouts Forever Green project, visit www.girlscouts.org/gsforevergreen.
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