On Sunday, Nov. 15, Girl Scout Troop 1919 from Smithville planted four trees in Wildflower Park, off of Northeast 188th Street Drive and Wildflower Street, as part of their work to claiming a Silver Award focused on deforestation.

"After we held a successful fundraiser with generous donations from our local businesses we used the money to purchase apple and pear trees," Girl Scout mom Sara Freeman said. " We decided on fruit trees after working with our Smithville Mayor (Damien Boley) who has educated our girls on the MOEATS program and the importance of landscaping not only for beauty but to also feed the community."

The girls also are planning stages of an annual tree planting event to be held every spring on Girl Scout Day. Next year’s first event will be focused on the new trails under construction now, connecting downtown Smithville with Smith’s Fork Park at the lake.

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