Northwest NEWS

February 26, 2001

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Girl Scouts give back to their community


Members of Brownie Troop 1070 show off their successful canned food drive. Front row: Hailee Johnson, Brittany Harm and Katelyn Birum. Back row: Alyssa Birum, Ari Jefferson and Alyssa Jefferson. Girl Scouts from Duvall to Carnation are making the world a better place. While helping girls grow strong, the Girl Scout program encourages girls of all ages to give back to their communities. Girl Scouts in the Valley Service Unit have taken this to heart with countless hours of service since the beginning of the school year.
   In October, five first grade Brownies from troop 1149 at Stillwater Elementary, along with leaders Sandy Schaefer and Trisch Baldwin-Rataezyk, pulled up Scotch broom and collected garbage at Rattlesnake Lake in North Bend as part of the Save Our Waves Service project.
   Troop 1070, first grade Brownies from Cherry Valley, collected two wagons-full of food in the Legacy Ridge neighborhood of Duvall. This food was donated to Children's Services of Sno-Valley for their holiday baskets.
   In November, Cadette Troop 1629 collected, cleaned and sorted clothes to be given to the needy. They also collected 300 baby meals that were donated to the Sno-Valley Food Bank.
   In December, Dawn Meyer and Susan Powell's second grade Brownie Troop 1386 from Cherry Valley made a quilt and donated it to a woman at Emerald Heights Nursing Home. They also sang carols at the home.
   Second grade Brownie Troop 166 from Cherry Valley Elementary made a crib-sized patchwork quilt which they donated to a mom being helped by the Children's Services Family Center in Duvall.
   Avis Ravsten and Michelle King's third grade Brownie Troop 1265 brought cookies and singing to the Brittany Retirement Home in Woodinville.
   Daisy Troop 2228 and Brownie Troop 1070 went caroling at the Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation. The troop handed out homemade ornaments, candy and candleholders.
   Carol Herbert's third grade Brownie Troop 1177 from Cherry Valley took three to four meetings to make sewing cards from old wallpaper books. They also made holiday "poppers" stuffed with candies, stickers and small toys to which they attached the sewing cards. They donated 250 of these to the Food Banks in Carnation and Monroe.
   First grade Brownie Troop 1149 made Christmas ornaments and sang to the seniors at the Monroe Convalescent Center.
   These are just a few of the many ways Girl Scouts help others in their community.