girl scouts with new lost and found binStudents at Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math & Technology School are benefiting from some recent donations by local scouts looking to make a difference in their community.

Last spring, Weaver Lake alumnus Carter Joseph Holthaus earned his Eagle Scout honors by designing and creating iPad charging stations for the school. Holthaus built eight stations total—enough for every fourth and fifth grade classroom—said Karla Juetten, curriculum coordinator at Weaver Lake.

carter holthaus and charging stationThen, earlier this fall, a group of four Girl Scouts from Maple Grove Middle School worked with Weaver Lake and district leaders on a two-part Silver Award project. In order to achieve this award, each scout must log at least 50 hours of time dedicated to a project that meets both active leadership and community engagement criteria.

“The girls identified a problem that focused on lost and found bins in the schools and donating unclaimed items to students and community members in need,” said Jennifer Brandt, Weaver Lake’s volunteer coordinator and the girls’ troop leader. After visiting nine elementary schools, the Girls Scouts—Emily Achenbach, Maddy Ahlquist, Katherine Brandt and Julia Graves—sorted through the lost and found items and donated them to the community closet in Osseo Area Schools, as well as local community partner CEAP.

For part two of their Silver Award project, the girls designed and built a new lost and found container for Weaver Lake. The new structure contains four bins to hold more items and also features several hooks for coats, sweatshirts and other articles of clothing.

“It was rewarding to see the girls make connections among various people and organizations,” Brandt added, “and for them to use their leadership skills to make a lasting difference in their community.”

TOP PHOTO: Maple Grove Middle School eighth-graders (L to R) Emily Achenbach, Katherine Brandt, Maddy Ahlquist and Julia Graves display the new lost and found bin they created for Weaver Lake Elementary. The Girl Scouts worked with Weaver Lake and Osseo Area Schools leaders on their two-part Silver Award project. 

BOTTOM PHOTO: Carter Joseph Holthaus, a former student at Weaver Lake Elementary, created eight iPad charging stations for the school. This project helped Holthaus earn his Eagle Scout honors.