Being a “Buddy” to All Kids!

buddy-bench-dc

Photos and story via the Jordan Independent.

For the Brownies in Troop 34643, building a better world begins in their own playground. They’re making a big impact at their school with a Buddy Bench, a new spot for kids who are feeling lonely to sit and signify that they’re in need of a buddy to play with.

After learning about other schools that had set up Buddy Benches, these girls thought their school should have one of its own. Their troop met at Jordan Elementary School playground last May, and discussed how the Buddy Bench could be used, how to pay for it, and the best size and color for the bench.

Next, the girls met with By the Yard, a local furniture showroom, and shared their ideas. These young entrepreneurs gained sales experience by giving a sales pitch, and successfully convinced the company to cover more than half the cost of the bench! They even included engraved lyrics from the Girl Scout, song, “Make New Friends, Keep the Old.”

“Those words fit the whole idea of the Buddy Bench,” says troop co-leader, Leah. “All the girls understand how they are spreading goodwill with this community service project and how it is so much bigger than just paying for and installing a playground bench”

Now this Buddy Bench serves as a place for elementary students to sit down or bravely stand up to make new friends or resolve differences. All kids at the school are taught to invite others to play if they see them sitting on the bench.

These girls have big plans for future friend-making.

“Next year, we hope to donate a Buddy Bench to St. John’s School and eventually add a second Buddy Bench at Jordan Elementary School,” says troop member, Madelyn.

Awesome work, girls!

Dayne and Shauna Share Their Love of Reading!

rockscout1

As Girl Scouts, girls build a better world starting with their local communitiesFor their Bronze award, Dayne and Shauna wanted to share their love of reading with kids who are living in homeless shelters. These Girl Scouts from Troop 15016 set out boxes at businesses so people could donate new or gently used books. In addition, they decorated and placed donation jars at a few businesses to collect money to purchase new books.

All together, Dayne and Shauna collected and donated 1,000 books to Sharing and Caring Hands homeless shelter in Minneapolis. We’re so proud of their work – way to go, girls!

Girl Scout Green Thumbs in Hutchinson

hutchinson-garden

Photos and story via the Hutchinson Leader.

Summer meals in Hutchinson, MN are a lot tastier and nutritious, thanks to Girl Scouts in Hutchinson. This is the fifth summer that Girl Scout Ambassadors in Troop 3011 and Juniors in Troop 34244 are growing a garden and donating the harvest for their local food shelf.

In April, they began planting seeds for tomatoes and peppers, and have since been busy transplanting, weeding, and picking veggies. So far this season, they’ve harvested 122 pounds of produce for the food shelf, including radishes, green beans, tomatoes, green peppers, and squash!

Amazing work, girls! To learn more about their work, check out their feature in the Hutchinson Leader.