Original story by Ross Williams
September 2, 2015
ROSWELL, Ga. — Commuters who wait for the MARTA bus at Mansell Road across from Wal-Mart have a new place to sit, thanks to the Girl Scouts of troop 10472. The girls, who are in sixth grade, organized car washes and bake sales to raise money for new seating at the bus stop.
The girls of the troop crowded around the new signpost at an installation ceremony on Friday. With much laughter and cheering, they took turns bolting in the new bus stop sign, as well as a small plaque acknowledging the troop’s donation. The girls and their families applauded as they erected the sign with the help of city traffic engineer Andrew Antweiler.
Antweiler says the girls came up with the idea themselves.
“They came in the first time and they asked what was possible, what can we do to make a bus stop improvement,” he said. “The girls decided what they wanted to build. They decided to raise the money.”
Troop member Lauren Jones said the girls were looking for a way to help the community.
“We had a couple decisions to make. We were going to raise money for something – we were going to build a picnic table or [plant] a tree.”
The girls said meeting with the transportation department helped them decide on a Simme-seat, a type of chair designed to use minimal sidewalk space and resist weather. Antweiler also helped the girls decide on the best location.
City Council member Becky Wynn said when she heard about the girls’ plan, she thought it was a “no-brainer.” Citing the large number of people who shop at Wal-Mart and surrounding stores, Wynn told the girls their donation would be well-used.
“This is the perfect place to have this,” she said.
Bake sales, car washes and other fundraisers allowed the troop to donate $800 for the seat. The girls said their fundraising efforts were hard work, but rewarding.
“I saw it as an opportunity to help my community along with some of my best friends,” said troop member Isabella Doss. “It gives you that good feeling inside that nobody else can give you.”
The installation of this seat earns the girls their Girl Scout Bronze Award for teamwork.
The Girl Scouts say they are still deciding what their next project will be, but they all say they want to keep working to improve their community.
“Girl Scouts help people,” said troop member Ansley Rickson, “That’s what we’re supposed to do.”
The Girl Scouts of Troop 10472 are Alexa Schwarzell, Jessica Albregts, Ava Boyle, Toni Bryant, Paulina Miller, Eve Heslin, Isabella Doss, Lauren Jones, Ansley Rickson and Zoe Coelho.