Scouts aim to put clock in Oswego
By Linda Girardi For Sun-Times Media November 3, 2013 3:24PM
Members of the Oswego Junior Girl Scout Troop recently filed into Village Hall to pitch their idea to raise $10,000 for a clock that will be placed in the area of Jefferson and Main streets in the downtown. Front row, left: Allison Calvert, Gracie Benstine and Morgan Kobernus. Second row, left: Cali Roberts and Olivia Walko. Back row, left: Bailey DeBerard, Cori White and Shaely Whiting. Not pictured was Laisha Argulles. | Submitted
Updated: December 5, 2013 6:09AM
Generally you hear of the Girl Scouts donating a batch of cookies, but the Oswego Junior Girl Scout Troop 4532 has offered to donate a gift of time.
The Oswego Girl Scouts have received the village’s endorsement for their project to raise $10,000 for a 10-foot tall vintage style clock proposed to stand in the area of Jefferson and Main streets in the downtown.
Troop leader Pam Roberts said they have already begun collecting recycled aluminum cans to help them in their fundraising.
“We are asking the community to help us recycle cans and once a bag is full, we will come to their doorstep and collect it,” Roberts said.
The nine-member troop, which represents fifth-graders from schools in the Oswego School District, is working to earn the Girl Scout Bronze award, the highest honor bestowed in the organization. The youngsters recently filed into Village Hall to pitch their idea.
Roberts said the award encourages Junior Girl Scouts to explore their community and look for ways to make a positive change.
“We see this as a project that will empower young girls,” the troop leader said.
Roberts said they originally suggested to the village a solar fountain be installed in the downtown, but they learned that would be costly and require regular maintenance.
The Girl Scout troop presented a photo rendering of a clock from the Verdin Design Group in Cincinnati, Ohio. The clock stands 10-feet tall and the face of the clock is about 2 feet wide.
“It is going to take time to raise the funds, we would like to have it done in about a year,” Roberts said. “If the girls can accomplish something like this at a young age, imagine what they’ll be able to do as young women.”
Village officials estimate the cost to the village will be about $3 per month for electricity and the clock itself would require minimal maintenance over the years. The troop already has an electrician, a supportive dad, willing to wire the clock. The village would assume ownership of the clock when a three-year warranty expires.