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Green Bay Girl Scout Troop cuts ribbon for new Baird Elementary playground area

The troops built a Gaga Ball Pit for their Bronze Award project
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Posted at 6:15 PM, Jun 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-09 10:09:15-04

GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC 26) — Recess is meant to give kids a little break from school, and have some fun.

Through its hard work, a Green Bay Girl Scout troop is giving Baird Elementary students another option on the playground.

It's called gaga ball.

It's similar to dodgeball, except you want to avoid getting hit at the knees or below.

"It's just a really fun game overall," junior girl scout Ellowyn Headley said.

Headley and her team spent more than 20 hours building the game's playing pit at Baird Elementary in order to solve a problem on the playground.

"This was for our bronze award," Headley said. "I think we were trying to fulfill people's boredom at recess...Most of us have played it before."

Wednesday, Headley and her troop cut the ribbon to celebrate the playground's new addition.

"When you have recess, you have a lot of kids in one, confined space," principal Michael Sheean said. "And if you have more activities for them, they're just going to be busy doing that. And they're going to stay out of trouble."

The gaga ball pit opened just last month, and Sheean says it costs about $7,000.

"The Girl Scouts had money set aside for a project, and, really, it primarily came from them," Sheean said.

And according to Sheean, the pit is a big hit.

"Every recess, every grade level has used it," Sheean said.

Except for one problem.

"The only downside is when people cheat," Headley said.

But no matter what, it's a new way for the students to have fun, thanks to these troops.

The Girl Scouts also had two benches added next to the gaga ball pit.