Local Scouts construct musical wall

HOWLAND — Members of Girl Scout Troop 80179 have earned their Silver Award by creating a ”Junkyard Jamboree” for the Howland Community Church’s preschool.

The Scouts — Allison Sincich, 12; Ashleigh Macias, 12; Natalie Fanto, 12; Giavona DelBono, 12; Mara Turvey, 14; and Maria Glaros, 12, all of Howland; and Katelyn Obermiyer, 12, of Vienna — worked on the project.

The Silver Award is the second highest honor a Girl Scout can earn and is usually earned in middle school grades sixth to eighth. The Gold Award can be earned in high school starting in freshmen year and involves 80 hours. The Scouts will receive the Silver Award this month at the church.

DelBono said the scouts have met at the church for the past eight years and some of them went to the preschool when they were younger.

”We wanted to give back and thank them for letting us meet here,” she said.

The project needed 50 hours of work and after creating the wall, the Scouts attached the pots and pans they gathered. The Scouts went shopping together for the items.

The musical wall has pots, pans, pipes, baking sheets, cooking pans, bells and other items children can tap or hit to make different sounds. There also are small bucket seats that preschoolers ages 2 to 5 can sit on when playing.

Sincich said she liked shopping together and helping each other, while Macias said it was most challenging working with the wood for the project.

Fanto said the musical wall will help preschoolers use their motor skills and learn sounds. Obermiyer agreed, adding that the completed project will help the preschoolers with their learning skills.

DelBono said she liked how the Scouts worked together, learned about building and used their hands and imaginations when they made the two-sided wall with items screwed on.

The wall has decorations from Dr. Seuss, which is popular at the preschool.

Kim Fanto, one of the parents, said the scouts worked together and brainstormed ideas.

”They all had great ideas for the project. Everyone was thrilled when it was finished and given to the preschool,” she said.