Three eighth-grade Girl Scouts recently completed a project that earned them their Silver Award.

The Chandler girls, Lizzie LaBate, Brianna Persiani and Bella Shattenberg, earned this award after they assisted with the Saving One Life Cat Rescue for their project.

“We made a cat tower, and we made cat toys,” LaBate said, adding that the cat toys and cat tower were for the animals at the shelter.

As part of the requirements to earn their Silver Award, the girls had to work, either as an individual or in a group, to give back to the community. In addition to the project having to take place within the local community, it also had to be approved.

The girls chose their project after realizing that they were all animal lovers. They decided to partner with the animal shelter and give them what they needed, which in this case were animal toys. Schattenberg said the girls wanted to make toys for the cats so people would be able to see the cats having fun and want to adopt them. She also said they found the instructions for a cat tower on Pinterest.

“We got a bunch of wood, and we got carpet. We had the dad’s help us out,” Schattenberg said.

Now the girls plan to continue on with the Girl Scouts and eventually attempt to earn their Gold Award. However, unlike the Silver Award, the Gold Award requires the girls to complete individual projects. Additionally, the girls must complete these projects before they graduate from high school in order to receive their Gold Awards.

“I’m really excited to go for gold now,” Brianna Persiani said.

Tiffin Persiani, Brianna’s mother and the co-leader of the group, said their Girl Scout Troop 2781 initially started as a group of about 12 girls, but has now been reduced to three. She described the Girl Scouts as a great organization for girls where they can learn to promote themselves and forge new relationships.

“I am so proud of her and her troop,” Tiffin Persiani said.

• Elise Anaya is a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is interning this semester for the AFN.

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