August 26, 2004
Sarah Williamson’s milestone in Girl Scouts will enhance educational experiences for young students.
To fulfill her Gold Award requirements, the Saguaro High School senior and 12 volunteers installed 24 educational signs Sunday for plants at The Desert Center at Pinnacle Peak. The nonprofit organization, at Pima and Pinnacle Peak roads in Scottsdale, teaches children about desert life.
On the same note, Williamson gleaned quite a bit herself from the project. She created worksheets to suit two age groups of students who stop at each metal sign.
"I didn’t expect to learn so much about desert plants. I guess it got missed somewhere in my schooling, and now I can pretty much tell you every plant there is," said Williamson, 17.
In addition to the signs, volunteers also spruced up the area by removing debris and raking paths.
Donna Ropp, the center’s director, praised the improvements made possible through Williamson’s efforts.
"We have about 4,000 schoolchildren that come through each year, so having the signs at the plants will be helpful," Ropp said. "This was a very unique opportunity for the Desert Center."
Williamson, involved with Girl Scouts since first grade, began working on the project in June.
"It hasn’t really hit me that I’ve completed this," she said.
To learn more about the Desert Center, call (480) 585-0224.