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Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO Inducted into 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to announce that Chief Executive Officer Leanna Clark is the 2021 inductee into the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame. Leanna, along with this year’s class of 40 Under 40 award recipients, will be honored during the Denver Business Journal’s virtual awards program on May 4.

In 1998, Leanna was named to the list of 40 Under 40, honoring up-and-coming Denver leaders. Now as an inductee to the 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame, Leanna joins Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, who was the DBJ’s inaugural Hall of Fame inductee in 2020, in this prestigious group of leaders who have accomplished much and still have their greatest contributions ahead of them.

As Leanna took the reins at GSCO in May 2020, the organization was responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and developed a wide variety of virtual programming so girls could continue on their Girl Scout Leadership Experience journey. With Leanna’s leadership and community connections, Girl Scouts of Colorado extended its diversity, equity, and inclusion badge work beyond Girl Scouts to families and community members, and took the lead on a series of roundtable discussions about race. Now in the midst of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, she continues to help girls find new and innovative ways to safely reach their cookie goals and learn essential life skills.

Additionally, making a difference in her community, being an advocate for girls and women, and championing female ambition have long been traits Leanna values. She was named a Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of Colorado in 2009, co-chaired the signature event in 2014, and has remained well-connected to the network of amazing women. She’s also served on the boards of the DPS Foundation, Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Volunteers of America, the Red Cross and many others.

Silver Award Girl Scouts Fight to End “Period Poverty”

Silver Award Girl Scouts Lauren C. and Annaliese A. of Troop 64626 in Aurora are fighting “period poverty” in their community by securing a donation of more than 75,000 sanitary pads. Always delivered the pads to Liberty Middle School in Aurora on Friday, March 5, 2021. The Girl Scouts also provided pad-only dispensers for every girls’ restroom in the school. The girls earned $1,200 to purchase six dispensers, one for each restroom. After purchasing the dispensers, the girls realized they wanted to make an even bigger impact and contacted Always. The company agreed to donate more than 75,000 pads for the dispensers! “We noticed that many students didn’t have access to period products and were too embarrassed to ask the nurse for a pad (which nobody should be embarrassed about, but there has been a generational stigma surrounding menstruation),” wrote Lauren.

Through this project which Lauren and Annaliese completed last year, they earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor for Girl Scouts in middle school. The girls are now students at Grandview High School. To continue to spread the word about the fight to end period poverty, the girls have also partnered with Period Kits. The nonprofit organization in Denver provides period supplies to those experiencing homelessness.

Thank you to CBS4/KCNC-TV in Denver for sharing this story. Watch it here.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: Roots and Wings Room

Submitted by Kit Sidaras

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Cadettes Kaitlin S. and Grace H. are working on their Silver Award project. The project is to create a safe space in the school where students can go to calm down/deescalate when they need to take a break from stress at school. The Roots and Wings Room will be managed by school counselors and administrators have been very supportive of the project, and we hope parents and students will be as well. The girls have been working on it for almost a year.

Reporter Mayo Davison of News5/KOAA-TV heard about the project and did a story about it. Watch it here: https://www.koaa.com/rebound/its-a-place-to-calm-your-nerves-chinook-trail-middle-school-students-create-safe-space-to-improve-mental-health

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: “Black Women Who Made History” Coloring Book

As part of their project to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, Cadettes Maddie A. and Sophie J. from Troop 70179 in Boulder created a coloring book to celebrate the stories of ten Black women! In honor of Black History Month, they’ll be distributing more than 2,000 FREE copies of “Black Women Who Made History” to schools and businesses, and it is also available on their website to download. In addition to the coloring book, their website also features videos of girls from their community reading the stories of the women featured in the coloring book. “We have witnessed people around our community racially profiling and it is not okay. Our friends have taken the time to educate us about their experiences and we hope to educate others. We believe that through education we can make the stories of these women into everyday knowledge and broaden the narrative. The stories of these historic women deserve to be everyday knowledge,” the girls wrote about their project.

The Silver Award is the highest honor for Girl Scouts in middle school. This project started as two girls doing their Silver Award project, but it turned into a community project because we had the support and help from so many like YOAB, Boulder NAACP, BVSD, our friends, our graphic designer Hannah Tuell, Lexmark who printed free copies, and a local Black woman-owned printing company, Creative Solutions.

On Monday, February 8, 2021, the girls were interviewed about their project by Reporter Amy Bounds of the Daily Camera. You can read the article here. The girls were also interviewed by Reporter Ashley Michels for a story on Channel2 Daybreak on Thursday, February 18. You can watch it here.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Media Stars spread the word about Girl Scout Cookie time

From television to radio to newspapers and even social media, Girl Scouts of Colorado Media Stars have been working hard to spread the word about the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program, how Girl Scouts are selling cookies in new and innovative ways, and all the amazing things they do with their cookie money.

From Grand Junction to Colorado Springs to Denver, here are a few media interviews featuring GSCO  Media Stars.

January 27

Senior Zoe and GSCO Chief Product Program Officer Rychelle Arnold explained to KRDONewsRadio how the Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls develop leadership skills that last a lifetime.

Cadette Bella K. of Windsor talked with CBS4/KCNC-TV about how she plans to sell cookies online to be able to meet her goals. 

January 28

Girl Scouts Juliette and Amelia (both from Parker) joined GSCO CEO Leanna Clark for live, on-air interviews with Fox31/KDVR-TV and Channel2/KWGN-TV.

Junior McKenzie talked with the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel about how excited she is for the start of Girl Scout Cookie season.

January 29

Cadette Abigail from Castle Rock joined GSCO CEO Leanna Clark for a live, on-air interview with Becky Ditchfield of 9News/KUSA-TV.

Junior Genevieve from Castle Rock and GSCO CEO Leanna Clark talked with Reporter Kevin Torres of  Fox31/KDVR-TV and Channel2/KWGN-TV about how Girl Scouts are relying on the support of their community this cookie season.

Senior Reagan from Highlands Ranch talked with Denver7/KMGH-TV about how she is going virtual to meet her cookie goals.

Cadettes Bianca and Mary of Denver talked with the Washington Park Profile, a Colorado Community Media newspaper, about the new, digital skills they are learning this year. Bianca’s photo was even on the FRONT PAGE!

January 30

Cadette Lauren told News8/KJCT-TV in Grand Junction what she has learned from participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Seniors Zoe and Maddie talked with News5/KOAA-TV and Fox21/KXRM-TV about why the Girl Scout Cookie Program is so important.

The Reynolds sisters from Castle Rock talked with Reporter Justin Adams of CBS4/KCNC-TV about why they like selling Girl Scout Cookies.

January 31

Junior McKenzie from Grand Junction was interviewed by Fox5/KREX-TV at her western-themed cookie booth.

February 1

Cadette Bella K. of Windsor talked with Denver7 about what is different about selling cookies this year.

Loveland Girl Scouts Zelia and Autumn showed CBS4/KCNC-TV Reporter Jeff Todd the sneezeguard that they designed to help keep themselves and customers safe at cookie booths. 

February 2

Cadette Charlotte of Highlands Ranch talked with Kylie Bearse of 9News/KUSA-TV about GSCO’s partnership with Crafted Concepts to create specialty desserts featuring Girl Scout Cookies.

Media Stars are recruited every fall, typically in August and September. If you know a girl interested in being a Media Star, please contact Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper. 

Silver Award Project: Archery Range in Thornton

Submitted by Brandy Schauppner

Metro Denver

Thornton

Samantha, Abby, Eden, and Aleaha from Troop 62511 partnered with the City of Thornton to complete construction on an archery range that is ADA accessible and available for everyone to use. They designed and completed construction on 12 target stands and six bow hangers to support the range.

When the girls decided that this was a project they cared about, they reached out to their local city council members, who connected them to the city parks and recreation department. They secured all of the materials needed through a local lumber company (Alpine Lumber) and got to work.

The girls planned their design with the intention of promoting the sport of archery for its mental focus and physical benefits. They also wanted to complete a project that was accessible to everyone. The girl’s designs allowed for easy reach of the equipment and the city worked with the girls to provide grounds to achieve this.

The archery range is free to use and is located at 5990 E 100th Ave, Thornton, CO 80229 at the Spratt Lake Finishing Facility.

The girls are working to plan and lead a day camp next summer. This will be a great facility to allow them to offer experiences with the sport!

A special thank you to Reporter Tori Mason of CBS4/KCNC-TV for her story about the girls’ project. Watch it here!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Aurora Brownies Give Back During COVID-19 Pandemic

Troop 65343 of Aurora is bringing joy to residents at more than 30 nursing homes and hospice centers this holiday season! These ten Girl Scout Brownies are second graders at Rolling Hills Elementary School. They teamed up with Sun Tree Hospice of Colorado for a project called “Mail for Seniors.” The girls made and collected more than 150 cards to hang on garlands at the centers. Residents can now walk up and read the cards instead of touching them.

One of the girls in the troop talked with AuroraTV about the project. You can watch her interview here: https://www.auroratv.org/video/aurora-now-december-16-2020?jwsource=cl

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Bronze Award Girl Scouts Deliver Birthday Kits to Local Food Pantry

Bronze Award Girl Scouts from Troop 65346 in Centennial assembled 300 birthday kits for low-resource families. On Monday,  November 16, 2020, they delivered a hundred of the kits to SECORCares, a food pantry in Parker.  The Girl Scouts made the 300 kits earlier this year. They are packaged in a disposable cake pan and include boxed cake mix, canned frosting, birthday candles, balloons, favors, party hats, and a handmade card. The first hundred kits were delivered last month. On Monday, the girls delivered a hundred more with the remaining hundred kits to be delivered when SECORCares has space to store them.

The Girl Scouts began working on this project in February. They set up a donation box at their school, Creekside Elementary, and collected items at the school’s book fair. When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic began, the girls pivoted to collect donations online. While unable to meet in-person this summer, each girl made cards for the kits. Through this project, the girls earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, which is the highest award for Girl Scouts in fourth or fifth grade.

Special thanks to CBS4/KCNC-TV and Colorado Community Media for attending the event and sharing the story with their audiences.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Bronze Award Project: The Fire Department Helps Us, so Let’s Help Them

Submitted by Ada M.

Western Colorado

Fruita

While learning about our community, our troop found out that the local fire department was having a hard time getting the PPE (masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer) they need. My fellow Juniors and I decided helping them find this would be the perfect Bronze Award project during COVID.

First, we got permission and the details on what the fire department needed.

Next, we wrote a video script. We made a video to tell everyone why washing hands is important. It is especially important now, but it is always a good thing to do.

Then, we made posters and wrote an email.

We dropped the collection tote off at the fire department. It is outside, so people can drop items off at any time and remain socially distanced.

Now, with our parents’ help we are sharing the posters and email!

The fire department has already had items dropped off and we hope to see it grow.

Here is the email I wrote! Don’t forget to wash your hands and stay safe.

Hi,

My Girl Scout troop and I are currently collecting masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer for the Lower Valley Fire Department. Lower Valley Firefighters and EMT use 30 boxes of gloves, 200 masks, and gallons of sanitizer each month. They especially need medium, large, and extra-large non-latex single use gloves, disposable single use masks (paper or something similar), and any type of hand sanitizer. COVID has made it hard to find this stuff. Let’s help them fight fire and mend broken bones by searching for the supplies they need.

Supplies can be dropped off in a tote outside the Lower Valley Fruita Fire Department.

We are looking for more drop-off locations. If you have a business that would let us place a donation tote out from, please call (970) 812-0154 or email anecookies@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Ada, Girl Scout Junior

Girl Scout Troop 17091

The girls were also interviewed about their project by KKCO-TV/NewsChannel 11.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Highlands Ranch Girl Scouts Donate Items for Pets in Need

As many as 100 Girl Scouts from troops across Highlands Ranch teamed up to collect items for Humane Society of the South Platte Valley. These items included dog treats, non-clumping cat litter, dry erase markers, and gently used towels/blankets. On Saturday, August 29, 2020, Girl Scouts and their families stopped by Cherry Hills Community Church  to drop off the items they had collected.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s new Chief Executive Officer Leanna Clark, along with her adopted rescue dog Sabe, was also at the event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Colorado Girl Scouts have not had the opportunity to meet or see Leanna in person. She thanked the Girl Scouts for their hard work on the project and presented them with her special CEO patch. It features Sabe, along with Colorado’s state flower, the columbine. The patch ties to things about Girl Scouts that are important to Leanna: friendships, leadership opportunities, and ways to get outdoors and appreciate the beautiful state we call home!

A special thank you to CBS4/KCNC-TV in Denver for joining GSCO for the event and sharing the story with their viewers.

* This event followed all local COVID-19 guidelines.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.