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Girl Scouts Council partners with local companies

The Girl Scouts of Gateway Council has partnered with Breaking Ground Contracting and Dana B. Kenyon Company to host its First Annual Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 25, at the Girls Scouts’ new North Fork Leadership Center in Middleburg. Approximately 1,500 to 2,000 Girls Scouts and their families are expected to attend the inaugural event.

 “Organizations from all over the community are participating in our Earth Day event by providing youth-friendly activities, crafts or informational booths that will educate the Girls Scouts about the environment and what they can do to make it better,” said Carrie Kashawlic, director of girl leadership and service at the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council, which serves 16 Northeast Florida counties. “We will also have approximately 20 local companies on-hand to teach our Girl Scouts about wind power, water conservation, air quality, green spaces and waste management.”

Girl Scouts of Gateway Council’s new North Fork Leadership Center was designed by Brandsetter Carroll and built by Dana. B. Kenyon Company and Breaking Ground Contracting. All three companies will be on hand to educate the Girl Scouts about the green features that were used in the construction of the center, including the use of recycled and reused materials, solar and point-of-use water heating, rainwater collection, and natural ventilation among others.

 “We have been engaged with the Girl Scouts throughout the building process to ensure they receive a behind-the-scenes educational understanding of sustainable, green building practices and products,” said Mary Tappouni, president of Breaking Ground Contracting, a local women-owned and operated general contracting company. “We also have spent a lot of time with the girls to show them that there are opportunities and career choices available for them in the sustainable construction industry.”

Additional organizations that will have booths at the First Annual Earth Day Festival include: American Electrical Contractors, Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol, Camp Chowenwaw Park, CitiGroup, Clary & Associates, DHF Consulting, End Results Green Building Solutions, Inc., Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Northeast Florida Regional Council, Quanics, Taylor Engineering, U.S. Marine Corps, and more.

More information about the First Annual Earth Day Festival for the Girls Scouts of Gateway Council is available by emailing or by calling 904-291-0648.

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