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Girl Scout earns Gold Award with humane society project


Ellie Oberheu is going to be a senior at Denver High School in the fall, but this summer, she's working on her Gold Award.

The Gold Award is the finale project and the highest achievement for Girl Scouts.

Oberheu's project is a seating area at the Cedar Bend Humane Society in Waterloo.

"I think people will really enjoy it," she said.

The area includes a bench, many plants and new mulch.

"Marv Schumacher donated the bench and Readlyn Vet donated some money, and then my parents and grandma just gave plants and mulch," Oberheu said.

She worked on the project for two days, for a total of about 17 hours. She did get some help from her fellow Girl Scouts and even some Boy Scouts.

Cedar Bend staffers said it's great to have volunteers work on projects like this one.

"The bench and the area she's created here will be a great opportunity for the volunteers to hang out with the dogs in the shade and enjoy the plants and the scenery," CBHS Administrator Jessica Parker said. "She did a really good job with it."

Oberheu said she decided to work on her Gold Award at the Humane Society because she began volunteering at the shelter about a year ago.

She originally wanted to be a vet and has a soft spot for animals. She is very happy with how her project turned out.

"It's awesome," she said.

Oberheu encourages other young girls to get involved with scouts.

"You get to know the community better, and I made a ton of friends. It's been a blast," she said.

A blast that's now concluded with this special project.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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