Daisies plant butterfly garden at Riverside Elementary

Troop 687 Daisies

From left, Daisy Scouts Melissa Young, Taylor Davies, Shuntay Douglass (back), Molly Keller, Shayla Douglass and Azlin Dowling pause from working in their troop's butterfly garden at Riverside Elementary School.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 12:43 PM.

CRESTVIEW — An untended garden in the corner of Riverside Elementary School’s playground sprouted Daisies Thursday afternoon: not flowers, but the youngest Girl Scouts.

Six- and 7-year-old girls of Troop 687 prepared a butterfly garden to commemorate children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December.

Troop leader Tisha Davies said the conversation with the young girls was "very difficult," but the girls understood the Sandy Hook children were now in heaven, and wanted to do something to memorialize them in Crestview.

The girls, wielding rakes, hoes and shovels, were under the supervision of two dads, two moms and Joel Carden of Crestview landscaping company 7C's Services. Charlee Becker of the Crestview Kiwanis club assisted them.

Kiwanis members donated a blue birdbath and an oval polished stone marker dedicating the butterfly garden to Sandy Hook victims. Carden donated mulch for the garden's flowers and shrubs.

Pitching in were Daisy Taylor Davies' twin older brothers, Alexander and Christopher, 7.

The girls took their work seriously. Azlin Dowling periodically proudly displayed a clump of weeds she'd pulled up, while Shuntay Douglass needed the playground fence’s support to get a good jump onto her shovel to dig in around a weed.

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