Members of Troop 3639 in Bridge City have earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest community service award a Girl Scout in fourth or fifth grade can achieve.

To earn the award, the troop collected more than 1000 children’s books that were donated to low income students that attend schools in their district.¬†Initially, the troop wanted to collect 200 books, but following the spring rain and historic flooding in Deweyville, they increased their original goal. In total, the Girl Scouts collected 750 new books that were donated to low income students and 300 gently used books that were donated to rebuild the Deweyville Elementary School library.

“The troop received tremendous support from St. Paul United Methodist Church and St. Paul Preschool and could not have achieved its goal without them,” said Erin Bunch, Troop 3639 volunteer.

To learn more about Girl Scouts’ service awards, visit www.girlscouts.org.