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Troop 3712 helps kids in two service projects

Submitted by Jenifer Ramirez
Troop 3712

This year we did two service projects that we really enjoyed. First, we participated again in the Christmas Shoe Boxes (Operation Christmas Child). Our troop really enjoys making shoe boxes filled with fun and necessary stuff to give to children without around the world. One troop member said, “I know that we are helping somebody and making kids happy!”

Our second project that we really enjoyed was helping to support a local project called “Because of Bella.” We liked this project because prior to making blankets we got to learn about preemie babies and what NICU is. It was helpful because it made making the blankets more meaningful. “This project made us work together as a team.”

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Glenwood Springs Thinking Day event a great success

Submitted by Virginia Brown
Glenwood Springs Colorado

On April 27, 2013, I had the pleasure of attending a Thinking Day Event hosted by the Glenwood Springs Service Unit. The troops all picked countries from the continent of Africa. They also had a panty drive to support the girls at the Tasaru Girls Rescue Centre in Narok, Kenya. Mary Walker from Steamboat Springs came and talked to the girls about how the girls live and their customs and games they play in this rescue center. (For more information on Mary Walker’s work please see
www.marywalkerkenya.blogspot.com)

Girls also shared what they learned through a program called Beads for Life, including the typical layout of a 10×10 foot home of typical families, how to make the paper beads that are made by the young girls in the country they choose.

Another troop learned how to make banana cookies from their country (Mali), and had a hut set up for attendees to relax in and play a local game.

Of course, no study of countries of Africa would be complete without studying Eygpt. I was thrilled to see mummies and Eygptian princesses in attendance!

Way to Go Glenwood Springs! I can’t wait to see what next years Thinking Day event will be!

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More than 700 hit the road for Grace’s Race

8712287027_3c204e0208_z 8713419130_4a9cfa89b9_z 8713420350_14cea0263e_z 8712291855_805df3332c_zCongratulations to the Girl Scouts in Troop 2540 for hosting a successful 5K on Sunday, May 5, in the Homestead neighborhood of Centennial. Grace’s Race, a 5K walk/run, was the idea of Girl Scout Grace Petroff who wanted to give back to children with cancer.

In December 2010, Grace noticed a numbness in her right foot a few times a day. She went to Children’s Hospital thinking she had a pinched nerve, but doctors diagnosed Grace with a malignant brain tumor in the motor cortex of her brain. She endured an 8-hour surgery and 30 days of intense radiation and chemotherapy and then two different chemotherapy treatments each week over the next year. The process was tough, but in April 2012 she was declared cancer-free.

She and her mother began planning Grace’s Race a year ago, and members of her Girl Scout troop took up the cause too, helping to plan the details, seeking sponsors, marketing and publicizing the race. The race became their Silver Award project.

All the girls shined as they watched more than 700 participants crowd around the starting line on Sunday.  Grace blew the starter horn and all the girls knew they’d achieved something special.

“It feels really good to be helping my friends and the families at Children’s Hospital, especially those who are still in treatment,” Grace said.

A minute or less — Troop 256 addresses bus emissions issue

Submitted by Cindy Orton
Littleton

Troop 256 embraced the Breathe Journey and addressed the Jefferson County and Douglas County School Boards regarding diesel emissions from idling school buses.

The girls spent two months gathering data on the habits of school bus drivers who drop students off at their schools.  What they found was that several buses idled for more than three minutes in front of the school buildings, exposing students, parents and school employees to harmful diesel emissions.

They made a recommendation of enforcing a policy that allows buses to idle for only one minute or less in front of a school.

“By reducing the idling time to less than a minute, the districts could see a minimum of $230 in fuel savings per school per year.:  Both the Jeffco and the Dougco boards received the public comment from the girls with interest and promised to further investigate the practices of their school bus drivers.

Furthermore, the girls were approached by several officials of Jefferson County to continue a project and possibly help with writing policy next year.

Girl Scouts from Denver March in 26th Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade on May 4, 2013

Girl Scouts from Denver marched in the 26th Annual Cinco de Mayo parade on Saturday, May 4 to invite more girls to join Girl Scouts for fun, friendship and leadership skills. The kindergarten to eleventh grade girls from troops 2520 and 2824 participated with Girl Scouts’ media partner, La Voz, Colorado’s Hispanic-owned bilingual publication. The girls were proud to wear their Girl Scout uniforms and share the fun that they have in Girl Scouting with others. Once the girls reached the end of the parade and were announced by presenters, everyone cheered for them! A great time was had by all. If you know of a girl or adult who wants to get involved with Girl Scouts, visit http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/girls/join

The parade took place at Civic Center Park in Denver, CO., and is the largest two-day Cinco de Mayo celebration in the United States. The park was filled with arts and crafts, Mariachi bands, Aztec and Folklorico dancers, three stages featuring traditional and contemporary Latino entertainment and a variety of Mexican culinary delights.

Daisies sell lemonade to provide water for Africans

Submitted by Patty Vinci
Evergreen

To earn their “Make the World a Better Place” petal, the Daisies of Troop 4452 sold lemonade through Blood Water Mission’s Lemon:Aid program at the annual Sock Hop.

For every dollar they raised Blood Water Mission can supply one African with clean water for one year.

The girls raised over $120!

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Centennial Brownies deliver Take Action project to preschool

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Submitted by Kristin Hamm
Centennial

The Girl Scout Brownies from Troop 61133 at Willow Creek Elementary School completed the Brownie Quest Journey by delivering a Take Action project to the preschool students at Summit Elementary School. The Brownies spent much of their year learning how to Discover, Connect and Take Action. For their Take Action project, the girls brainstormed places and people in their community who needed help. They advocated for their favorite causes and voted to help preschool students in a Head Start program. The 2nd grade girls set a budget based on a percentage of their cookie sales proceeds and were able to spend $300 to purchase playground equipment for the preschool program.

All 12 girls in the troop got together on a day off from school on Friday to deliver the new balls, hula hoops, bean bags and much more to the preschoolers. The preschoolers were thrilled. Dan Wray, director of Early Childhood Education and Special Education for the Cherry Creek School District, met the Brownies and shook their hands, telling them what a wonderful thing they had done.

This story was submitted via the Share Your Stories form. You can share you Girl Scout moments too.

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Parker Girl Scouts help with Arbor Day Event

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Submitted by Tammi McNeece

Parker

The Town of Parker held its annual Arbor Day event on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in the Arboretum at McCabe Meadows Park and the Parker Service Unit Girl Scouts were there to help!

Girl Scout Junior Troop 2531 sponsored this event for the Parker Service Unit in an effort to encourage support from our Girl Scouts to aid in such a worthy cause. Approximately 80 Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes from 20 troops along with a number of parents and other residents of Parker turned out to help the Town of Parker maintain its designation as a “Tree City USA.” “The Tree City USA® program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Parker has been named as a Tree City USA for 19 years!”

The volunteers helped to plant 60 elm, bur oak, white fir, pear and evergreen trees. It only took us about an hour to get all of the trees planted with a lot of support from the Town¹s Park and Forestry team. It was a great event and we all can¹t wait to ride our bikes or take a walk on the Cherry Creek bike trail past the trees we¹ve planted, enjoying them for many years to come.

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Grand Junction’s Cocktails & Cookie Creations event raises funds for Girl Scouts

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Our April 19th Cocktails & Cookie Creations event at Two Rivers Winery and Chateau in Grand Junction was a huge success! More than 200 people attended and helped raise more than $19,000, which will be used to provide Girl Scout programming in the area.

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks all the event sponsors and chefs who participated, particularly our presenting sponsor U.S. Bank. Also congratulations to Christopher Boyd and Michael Aschmann of No Coast Sushi who won fan favorite with their lobster quiche with 118 votes!

We also received a lot of great media coverage of the event, including from one of our media sponsors KREX-TV (CBS) (Clip 2).

Posted by Amanda Kalina, PR Director, Girl Scouts of Colorado with assistance from Cindi Graves, Fund Development Manager for Girl Scouts of Colorado on the Western Slope.

Troop 3573 helps Alzheimer’s patients for Bronze Award project

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Submitted by Kristin Coulter
Denver

Girl Scout Troop 3573 chose to help Alzheimer’s patients as their Bronze Award project. Several of the girls had personal experiences with family members with the disease. The girls had planned to make scrapbooks for the residents of the Alzheimer’s center but when they visited the center they noticed that the patients were cold. Even though the center was quite warm the residents were wearing sweaters and coats. Older people can feel cold easily. They often have little body fat or take medications that can lower their body temperature. The girls worked together to make 35 fleece blankets for the patients. They visited the center as often as they could. They also brought cookies, sang songs and made friends. They were able to complete this project through teamwork, using their cookie money and donations. Thank you to everyone who supported them on their journey to make the world a better place!

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