For Immediate Release

February 25, 2014

Contact: Tammy Sharp

Media Relations




Girl Scouts go for the gold on Leesville Main Street

LEESVILLE, La.-Local girl scouts Taylor Anderson and Kelsey Anderson are striving for the Girl Scout Gold Award by lending a little fun in the City's Main Street District. 

Think minions (of the "Despicable Me" kind); Winnie-the-Pooh; Dalmatians; and red, white and blue. The sisters, Kelsey a junior at Leesville High School, and Taylor, a 2014 graduate of Leesville High School, are transforming the district's fire hydrants, some into fun characters and others with colorful, even patriotic, makeovers. They have even painted a few of the hydrants gold, paw prints to be included, near Leesville Junior High and Leesville High School, in honor of the Wampus Cats

"The girls approached me last year asking for suggestions on what they could do in the Main Street District for the Gold Award project," said Leesville Main Street Manager Sam Kincade. "Together we decided that painting the fire hydrants would contribute to the atmosphere of fun and individuality that the Main Street District is known for.

"So far the girls have done an extraordinary job," he said.

The girls conducted research on the internet for ideas, gained approval from the Fire Department Chief Dwaine Lawson, and presented their project to both the Leesville City Council and the Friends of Leesville Main Street Board. In addition, they passed out flyers inviting local businesses to support this project financially.

"With only three sponsorships so far, we're still looking for more financial support," said Taylor Anderson. 

To get involved, visit them on Facebook at Leesville Mainstreet (Operation Fire Hydrant) or send them a message You can also call (337) 239-1099, to express your interest in sponsoring a hydrant, or to congratulate them on a job well done.

"We're almost done with the project," said Kelsey Anderson. "Our deadline to be completely finished is October 5."


About the Girl Scout Gold Award


"When a girl decides to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, she is on her honor to uphold the Standards of Excellence," said their mother, Denise Anderson. These standards set a high benchmark for everything she does and invites her to think deeply, explore opportunities, and challenge herself. Following the Standards of Excellence challenges a girl to develop herself as a leader. Currently only between 5-6 percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn this award annually.


Since 1980, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scouts in the 9th through 12th grades can earn. Similar to the Eagle Scout Project for Boy Scouts, the Girl Scout Gold Award requires the scout to change her corner of the world through a seven-step project which requires identifying an issue, investigating it, putting together a team, and planning the implementation, among other things.Fulfilling the requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award starts with completing a few smaller projects, and then taking on a much larger community project, consisting of about 80 hours for each scout. A gold award recipient's accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader.




The City of Leesville, the best hometown in the world, is a historic yet visionary community. As the parish seat of Vernon Parish, where Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center are located, the City of Leesville is home to military families, retired veterans and a growing and strongly patriotic citizenry that provides the basis of a well-rounded and work-ready workforce.   


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