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Loveland Juniors support literacy in early childhood

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Submitted by Lana Berning And Sierra Sikich
Loveland
Northern and Northeastern Colorado

We love reading! And we wanted to share that love with others.

We looked at our community and decided that the best way to instill the love of books was to start early, we knew that not every family could afford a lot of books, so we set out to give a book that they could keep to each preschooler in our school district.

We wanted to collect 1,500 books to give out. We met with the preschool team for the district to discuss what we wanted to do, They thought it was a wonderful way to help young children to love reading. We put together a donation letter and went to all the local bookstores asking for donations. With the help of friends, family and Book Haven (a used book store here in Loveland) We collected over 2,200 books.

WOW! we never expected to get that many. Our next step was contacting the preschools. We got a list from our contact at the school district and sent out email’s and made calls to set up days and times that we can go in to read a story to the kids and give them books. We went to all 14 preschools that are part of our school district and read Green Eggs and Ham to the kids, and since we had gotten so many more books than we set out for we were able to give each child 2 books of their own to keep.

We had many books left over which included quite a few chapter books. So we decided to donate them to Alternatives to Violence to build a library in their Safe house and to donate some to the School District to split between the preschools to have more books on hand for the kids to read and enjoy.

We had a lot of fun collecting books to share the love of reading with. It felt amazing to see all the excited faces of the preschoolers when the got their books and we told them they where theirs to keep. We hope that the many kids we read to will continue reading and enjoying all the places you can visit and adventures you can have through books.

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Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies: Chocolate Samoa Cupcakes

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Submitted by Katherine Weston

Berthoud

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Chocolate cupcakes-

2cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil (or applesauce)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
1 1/2 boxes of samoas

1.) Preheat oven to 350F
2.) Mix the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Then add the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla, and water, mix for 2 minutes.
3.) Spray the cupcake pan, I had to use 2, and I still had extra batter
4.) Put just enough batter in the bottom of the cupcake pan to cover the bottom. Then press a cookie into the batter.
5.) Finish covering the cookies, each cupcakes spot should be about 3/4 full.
6.) Put the cupcakes in the oven, and bake for 30 minutes.

Frosting-

I used caramel frosting, but when I make these again, I’m going to use vanilla frosting.

Then toast some coconut and sprinkle it on top. Cut one of the samoas into quarters, and put it on the top.

Enjoy your chocolately treat. 🙂

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

This was submitted as part of the “Cooking with Cookies” recipe contest. To find out how you can enter, click here.

 

Would You Like to Buy Some Thin Mints? song catches lots of attention

Submitted by Ashley Lampe

Eaton

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

Dani, Jadeyn, and Zoe of Troop 70586 had a blast creating a cookie song to the tune of Frozen’s “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” Singing at their booth today caught a lot of attention and many compliments!

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

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies: Rah Rah Raisin Banana Bread

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Submitted by Dawn Evans

Loveland

The 3 older girls of our troop in Loveland 2 Cadettes and 1 Ambassador decided to create a Rah Rah raisin banana bread

We used 1 box Rah Rah Raisins
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

They creamed the butter & sugar
added the eggs and crushed bananas and combined them together well. They then sifted together the flour, soda & salt and added to the creamed mixture and then added vanilla and crushed rah-rah raisins.

They poured mixture into a greased & floured loaf pan and baked at 350 for 1 hour

The older girls worked well together, taking turns, being on task and getting their mixture mixed with all ingredients and into the pan and baking quite well.

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

This was submitted as part of the “Cooking with Cookies” recipe contest. To find out how you can enter, click here.

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies: Trefoil Crusted No Bake Samoa Cheesecake

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Submitted by Dawn Evans

Loveland

We have a multi-level troop so our 3 brownies decided to make a cheesecake. We made the crust using 1 box trefoils, 1/3 cup butter and 1/3 cup of sugar. We preheated the oven to 350, we crushed the cookies and then mixed all the ingredients together and baked it for about 10 minutes. While it was baking we made the cheesecake. We used 1 package Philadelphia cream cheese, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, a splash of lemon juice and a box of crushed Samoas. We mixed the cream cheese, the sweetened condensed milk and the lemon juice together. Then we mixed in the crushed Samoas, spread it out evenly on the Trefoil crust and used another box of Samoas as a topping. Our 3 Brownies were so excited to do this cooking adventure and they can’t wait to do more

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

This was submitted as part of the “Cooking with Cookies” recipe contest. To find out how you can enter, click here.

March 6 luncheon to honor women leading change in the world

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Submitted by Megan Sehr
Denver

Want to celebrate International Women’s Day this year? Join WorldDenver on March 6 for their annual International Women’s Day luncheon and help them honor two women trailblazers leading change in the world: Lieutenant General Michelle D. Johnson, U.S. AFA, who represents the fearless leaders needed to challenge women’s agenda in the military; and Terry Odendahl, GlobalGreengrants Fund, who supports international change for marginalized women through fighting climate change and environmental injustice. Learn more about the event at: http://www.worlddenver.org/event-1766325

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

Try the Cookies, Buy the Cookies

Submitted by amy Hawkins-Keeler
Colorado Springs
Pikes Peak

The girls created this song with claps, snaps, and stomps for our cookie rally. Then, they are performing it here at our meeting where we are learning about Netiquette.

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

This video was submitted as part of the Best Cookie Video Contest, learn more (http://gscoblog.org/2015/02/best-cookie-video-contest/)

 

Are you a Girl Scout yet? Come to the Pueblo Mall Saturday

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Submitted by Carmen Valdez
Pueblo
Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado

Come and join Girl Scouts for the Volunteer Recruitment Fair! There will be community and voluntary based organizations sharing their services and offering volunteer opportunities.

Pueblo Mall 11 am to 3pm
Saturday, February 21, 2015

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Ziah is very enthusiastic about selling cookies

Submitted by Susan Wilson-Madsen
Arvada
Denver Metro

Ziah is a 6th grader, first year Cadette. She has been in Girl Scouts since kindergarten. Ziah loves Girl Scouts! She loves everything about Girl Scouts. She loves the badges, she loves selling cookies and she loves serving her Hometown Hero and her community. She is full of personality and it shows in her video!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too. This video was submitted as part of the Best Cookie Video Contest, learn more (http://gscoblog.org/2015/02/best-cookie-video-contest/)

Leader loves seeing girls develop their voice

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Submitted by Margaret Flynn

Wheat Ridge, CO

Denver Metro

This is my first year as a Girl Scout leader after taking over my daughter’s Troop in the fall. I took the Leadership position because it was a activity that my daughter absolutely loved and I did not want her to miss out! Little did I know that I would get so much out of being a Leader…way more than I give. I LOVE seeing the girls use their problem solving techniques while they work as a team. It is especially fun to see them develop their own voice. I recently challenged my Troop to write a script for a sales video that they can share with family and friends. I think they did a fine job!! My girls hope to earn enough money through Cookie Sales to go on a Camping trip this spring. Thank you for watching!

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

This video was submitted as part of the Best Cookie Video Contest, learn more (http://gscoblog.org/2015/02/best-cookie-video-contest/)