Hudson Girl Scouts dedicate ‘friendship bench’

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Girl Scouts Evangelina (left) and Sydney on the bench they built for Berlin Memorial School. Photo/submitted

Hudson – Two Girl Scouts from Hudson in Berlin Troop 72744 donated their time and talent to build a “friendship bench” for the Berlin Memorial School. On June 15, Sydney and Evangelina presented the bench to Principal John Campbell, teachers and students in a dedication ceremony. Students from third, fourth, and fifth grades listened to these eighth grade Girl Scouts discuss the importance of friends. The girls explained that if a student is feeling lonely and needs a friend, all they do is sit on the bench as a way to meet a new friend. Also, other students who see someone sitting on the bench can sit down to make a new friend and play together.

The girls worked more than 50 hours to plan, design, and build the bench. They painted the bench in bright colors with “Be a Friend” and their own handprints on it. The bench’s plaque reads: “Friendship Bench made by Berlin Girl Scout Troop 72744, Cadette Silver Award Project, dedicated to Berlin Memorial School 2017.” The materials were generously donated from several businesses: Koopman Lumber, Robinson’s Hardware and Lowe’s, in Hudson; Central Mass Powder Coating in Clinton; National Lumber in Berlin; and Engraveables in Marlborough.

Upon completion of the bench project, Sydney and Evangelina will earn their Silver Award which is the one of three high awards a Girl Scout can earn. They earned their Bronze Award in 2014.