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AdrianWandel (left) BreannAllen (right) both 9 other Girl Scouts from Troop 4277 sort 415 pounds Halloween candy Friday AndersElementary School

Adriana Wandel (left) and Breanna Allen (right), both 9, and other Girl Scouts from Troop 4277 sort 415 pounds of Halloween candy Friday at Anderson Elementary School in St. Charles, to be delivered to deployed military personnel. November 2, 2012 | Michael Smart~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 6, 2012 6:14AM

ST. CHARLES — With boxes of candy piled 4 feet high on a push cart, Anderson Elementary School staff had to adjust the door jambs to get the goods to the gymnasium Friday.

The after-school effort was part of a collection organized by the St. Charles school’s Girl Scouts, who garnered, sorted and packed Halloween treats for U.S. military troops.

Girl Scout Troop coordinator Kelly Miller, who leads Troop 4277, said the schoolwide initiative is fun and educational for the kids. Her daughters Nicole, a fourth-grader, and Olivia, a first-grader, took part with more than 40 other Girl Scouts.

“We’re trying to beat last year’s record of collecting 360 pounds,” said Miller, explaining that the idea first was presented four years ago.

“The Girl Scout troop in North Aurora was doing a collection for the military,” said Miller. “That time, we gave some of our (Girl Scout members’) candy. The next year we did our own schoolwide drive.”

The final weight of this year’s collections was not determined yet, but Miller said it looked close visually to last year’s haul.

To market the message about their project, Girl Scouts displayed posters throughout the school asking for donations of Halloween candy. Some parents brought in candy they didn’t end up giving away during trick-or-treating, and students brought in their own donations to the school office. Miller said the office staff was helpful during the two-day candy collection.

Treats were sorted Friday by the Girl Scouts in the gymnasium. Following their opening flag ceremony, the girls weighed the collection at various weigh stations before sorting the goods in piles of chocolate, Halloween-themed, and general.

Next, the food was packaged, and parent volunteers were set to deliver it for shipment. Miller said the candy will be sent to troops overseas and also to various domestic locations for military personnel.

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