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Spotlight - Cherokee Girl Scouts Troop 110

Cherokee Girl Scouts Troop 110, Wins! 

Have ever seen those giant, 15-hundred pound hay bales? They are held together with a plastic twine net that often blow off the back end of trucks creating debris that is dangerous to wildlife. The Cherokee Girl Scouts, Troop 110 discovered a simple solution that makes a huge difference and earned them the Under 13 - Youth Group Award at the 2008 Environmental Excellence Awards.

The Girl Scouts of Troop 110 had previously held a litter pick-up project in downtown Cherokee. In 2008, they decided to clean a stretch of roadway along Highway 64 that was cluttered with cups, paper items, plastic containers, and hay nets. The Scouts discovered the hay nets caused severe damage to mowing machines as well as wildlife and plant life in the surrounding farms. The Scouts noticed that stuffing the hay nets underneath a bungee cord that was stretched across the back of hay trucks kept the nets inside the truck and off the road.

The girls then secured a grant from KOB and purchased 100 bungee cords to distribute, at no charge to farmers, at the beginning of the next hay feeding season. Simple, smart and effective. The Cherokee Girl Scouts from Troop 110 have done an incredible job to keep their community environmentally healthy.

Every day across Oklahoma, communities are coming together to accomplish great things. With very little resources but often a lot of effort these projects have a direct impact on our state. For 25 years Keep Oklahoma Beautiful has been recognizing these great works but it is up to you to make sure we know about them. Have a project that made a difference? An initiative that made an impact?

Have you seen something in your community that needs to be recognized? Does this sound like a group or organization you know? They could be this year’s winner. We have categories (Click Here!) to fit projects big and small, private businesses and community organizations and everything in between. Nominations are open until August 10th. We want to know about it! Your efforts are an inspiration to us all. http://bit.ly/EECNom

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