SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A local Girl Scout troop donated some potted plants to their elementary school, but someone stole them less than 24 hours later.
The girls are first graders at Centennial Elementary School in Springfield. Their troop leader says their Daisy Girl Scout troop wanted to do something nice for their school. So they planned a special Earth Day event using their cookie sale money to spruce up their school with some potted flowers.
“They’ve actually been planning this for about a month. They’re 6 and 7-year-olds, so this is their first service project they’ve planned from the conception,” said Mandi Bloomer, troop leader.
“It took a lot of steps to do, like patting the dirt down,” said Ashley.
But the project that was meant to teach them good was soon soured.
“The flowers were here at 7 p.m. and a person came and stole them,” said Girl Scout Ava Minor.
Two of eight pots were stolen overnight. The next morning, everyone was still trying to figure out why someone would do that.
“How do you teach 6 and 7-year-olds, you know, who still think the world is made of cotton candy and gum drops, that they still did a great thing,” Bloomer said.
But with the support of their leader and their school, it wasn’t too hard. Girl Scout Louelle Voegel said they will keep on trying and they hope those thieves will learn something too.
“If I were them, I would just buy flowers and plant them, not steal. That makes more love and care in the world,” Minor said.
School staff promised to take the plants in each night and put them back each morning to prevent another theft. The girls plan to replace the missing pots at their next meeting.