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Above: Avril Wiens, left, and Madison Sokoloski recently made and donated a number of items to the Martin County Humane Society for their Girl Scouts Silver Award project.

FAIRMONT – Two local girls have donated a variety of items to the Martin County Humane Society for their Girl Scouts Silver Award project. Avril Wiens and Madison Sokoloski spent over 100 combined hours on the project.

Wiens and Sokoloski are members of troop 34157, which consists of seven members. They meet once a month to work on various projects.

Wiens and Sokoloski both started Girl Scouts very early, joining them when they were in kindergarten. Now they’re both in 8th grade, Weins attending Truman Public School and Sokoloski attending St. James Lutheran School in Northrop.

Sokoloski shared how they decided on their project.

“We both love animals, so we wanted to help the shelter in some way. We went there and asked what they needed ”, she said.

For their project, the girls made two cat scratchers, three cat holders and over 200 toys.

The toys were made of fabric that the girls filled with stuffing. Wiens said they sewed them all by hand.

Wiens also made the cat scratchers while Sokoloski worked on the cat supports with the help of his father. She cut and measured the wood, painted it, and screwed it all together. She said she enjoyed learning more about the process.

They spent a lot of time working on their project on the weekends.

“We did things together but it depended on when we had the time”, said Wiens.

Girls’ troop leader Sara Becker-Sokoloski said: “They started early but because of Covid they took a lot of free time. They went to the hard core this summer and finished it and approved it about a month ago.

Becker-Sokoloski has been the girl’s troop leader since they started kindergarten. She said her oldest daughter, Emily, had also been a Girl Scout since kindergarten and was also her troop leader.

Becker-Sokoloski estimates that less than half of Girl Scouts go for a cash prize, one of the most prestigious honors a Girl Scout can get.

“You have to devote 50 hours to the project. When it is done, you must submit your receipts, budgets, log of all your hours, photos and then you must write a final report to send which must be approved before you get your award. she said. “It’s pretty intense. You have to be dedicated and want it.

While the project was time consuming and painstaking work, the two girls liked it, they were able to help the Humane Society. They plan to stay with the Girl Scouts, one of whom can go up to grade 12, and eventually go for the Gold Award.

“It’s a lot of fun. You can help the community and make new friends,” Sokoloski said.

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