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April 12, 2014

Local teen goes for gold by going green

Girl Scout organizes environmental awareness festival

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Allie has been organizing it all since August. She started out by going to Bob Ehle, executive director of the Cass County Solid Waste Management District. Allie said she and Ehle discussed what the county’s needs were as far as recycling and both agreed educating the public is one of the most important.

“In order to change people’s attitudes, we really just need to educate them about what they can do,” Allie said.

Allie’s mother and troop leader, Cindy Lumpkin, has been there to guide her every step of the way.

“I tried to convince her it didn’t need to be this large,” Lumpkin said with a laugh. “She’s always been a determined person. When she sets her mind to do something, it’s just best to jump on board and try to make it happen.”

Allie’s efforts have already started to garner success through a battery collection in the lobby of First Farmers Bank & Trust in Galveston. Lumpkin said they have collected about 15 gallons of batteries for recycling since last fall.

Allie has been involved with Girl Scouts since she was 4 years old.

“I really like it because you’re always learning new things with the badges and you’re getting together with your friends to learn those new things and skills and ideas,” Allie said.

Gold Award projects require Girl Scouts to come up with a unique solution to an ongoing problem. Allie said she has always been drawn to environmental issues and science, which ultimately led to the creation of the festival.

The event is 2 to 5 p.m. today at Galveston Park and Community Center, 101 Park Road, Galveston.

If you go: WHAT: Green Earth Festival WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m. today WHERE: Galveston Park and Community Center, 101 Park Road, Galveston

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