Community can vote on students', Scouts' can structures - November 5 2010

OSHKOSH, Wis. - Oshkosh Canstruction 2010 is a community service project of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes Troop 2018.

To fulfill their goal of earning a Bronze Award, the highest honor for a Junior Girl Scout, the girls must provide a community service which requires at least 20 hours of personal commitment. Their project, Canstruction 2010, is a communitywide event to support three local food pantries: Oshkosh Area Community Pantry, The Salvation Army and Father Carr's Place 2 B.

The Girl Scouts of Troop 2018 sent letters to over 70 architectural firms to recruit architects for the project. The Scouts have made presentations to the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and Oshkosh Area School District in addition to each community food pantry.

Students from five middle schools and two high schools in the Oshkosh Area School District, in addition to the Girl Scouts, have worked with local architects to design and then build a structure made entirely out of canned food.

The goals of the event are to promote the community service mission of the Society of Design Administration in association with the American Institute of Architects who have copyrighted Canstruction as their signature event and to unite our community in meeting the need of individuals and families.

Although the Canstruction build date is November 17, structure design began in May. Upon returning to school in September, the students began a focused food drive to collect the canned foods needed to build their structures.

On November 7, the students with the guidance of their architects and teachers will build the structures at the Oshkosh Convention Center.

The structures will be on display November 18 - 20. The public is invited to view the structures and vote for their favorite structure and a jury of professional architects and builders will assess the architectural talents of their peers.

Admission is one can of food. All of the canned food will be donated to the Oshkosh food pantries.

Bring a can, see the show, vote for your favorite
  • 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010
  • Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, 2010
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20

Awards ceremony
  • Celebrate Canstruction
  • 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday Nov. 20
  • RSVP to kgremminger@pol.net or 920-236-1569

Donate to the Canstruction Fund


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