Girl Scout Troop No. 1764, in Colusa, has chosen to partner with “Together We Rise,” a non-profit organization to support children in foster care in the local community. 

The girls in the troop are working toward earning their Silver Award, which is the highest community service award a cadet can earn, by providing foster youth with necessities and other comforts. 

The girls will be working to raise $250 each in order to pay for ten $25 duffle bags, said Troop Leader Debbie Schantz.  

Troop No. 1764 is aiming to raise a total of $2,500, which will provide 110 local youths in foster care with Sweet Cases, which are duffle bags that are given to children to keep when they enter foster care.  

The cadets plan to decorate and fill the duffle bags with comfort items and necessities before donating them to the local foster care agency.  

Colusa High senior Brendan Garcia will be partnering with Troop No. 1764 for his senior project. Garcia will be assisting Schantz in mentoring the girls throughout this community service project and will also be participating in the community service project himself.  After high school, Garcia aspires to enter the field of law enforcement.  

Troop No. 1764 includes Mackenzie Frank, Danica Garcia, Ruby Howard, Isabella Munoz, Ariana Avera, Ava Garcia, Savanna Rochette, Abigayle Andreotti, Alyiah Cervantes, Sophia Miller. Troop leaders, in addition to Schantz, are Christy Avera, Sarah Chavez, and Krystyna Frank.  

Schantz said the cadets and Garcia look forward to helping local foster youth and thank all of the individuals and businesses that have donated to this cause. ■