Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Silver achievement

The highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn is the Silver Award. It's a community service project designed to create a sustainable outcome. The girls have to finish it before they move from Cadette to Senior scouts. They can work as individuals or small groups.




Our seventh grade girls were just beginning to talk about Silver Award projects. We had interest in creating toys for shelter dogs and cats. Two girls were still thinking about what they wanted to do when I attended a Girl Scout troop leaders' meeting.




The meeting was nearly complete when the Service Unit manager announced that a local Kiwanis chapter was looking to partner with a troop for a community service project making comfort dolls. These soft dolls are given out to children in emergency situations.




I brought the idea to the next troop meeting. The girls liked the idea, and it brought the Silver Award projects together. The only problem was the Kiwanis chapter wanted to complete the dolls before we had time. We talked about it as a troop and decided to move forward.




The girls worked hard to get ready for their Silver Award projects. They gathered donated items. The dogs toys required piles of denim strips. The cat toys required hundreds of yarn pieces. The comfort dolls required the forms be cut and sewed. There were many work sessions at our house and others. They worked and laughed and worked and laughed.




Today we held a Silver Award community service day at a local community center. We had two table for each project. The girls created instructions for each project that they shared with volunteers. They were gracious hostesses and patient teachers. They closed their four hour event with hundreds of completed projects.


The hard part is done and now the real fun begins. We get to deliver the donations to local police departments and animal shelters. It's really the part I'm most excited to share with the girls. I want them to see that with some creative effort they can make a big difference in a lot of human and animal lives for not much money. If they can learn that lesson, then earning their Silver Award will be a bonus.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Words describing the brunette twin

The girls had class assignment to write something nice about each student, which resulted in some interesting word choices and discussions. How many times could they say students in their class were smart or funny or nice?


We didn't know that they girls would bring home the words their fellow students used to describe them. They casually tossed the papers on the dining room table. I picked up the pages before Daddy came home and just beamed. I know the assignment was to say something nice, and the words their classmates used made me so proud.


These are the single words students used to describe the brunette twin. If there is an asterisk near the word, it means that more than one student used it.


Smart*
Kind*
Positive
Caring
Pretty*
Mature
Helpful*
Courteous
Chill (calm)
Accepting


Some students had trouble describing her in one word. The phrases include:


Good at basketball*
Nice to everyone
Great horseback rider
Kind always
Pretty hair
Harry Potter expert
You always make me laugh


The papers are hanging on the refrigerator, so we get to see them every time we are in the kitchen. It's a good reminder that we are raising wonderful girls.

One word describing the blond twin

The girls had a class assignment to write something nice about each student. The girls sat at the dining room table, laughing all the time. They discussed some words to make sure they were really nice and didn't have some negative connotations.


When they brought their pages home, we were very proud of the words other students submitted for the girls. These are the single words students used to describe the blond twin. If there is an asterisk near the word, it means that more than one student used it to describe the blond twin.


Smart*
Nice*
Friendly
Kind
Clever
Helpful
Pretty*
Flexible*
Trustworthy


Some students had trouble describing her in one word. The phrases include:


Amazing at track & field and cross country
Always smiling
Awesome at piano & trombone
Fun to talk to*
Math is fun with you
Nice to everyone
Easy to talk to
Love your hair
Bright personality


The papers are hanging on the refrigerator, so we get to see them every time we are in the kitchen. It's a good reminder that we are raising wonderful girls.

Monday, March 6, 2017

See you Friday

Daddy and I stood in the kitchen last night talking about our week. We went through what was going on each day. We walked through who was going to be where and how everyone was going to get there. We threw out ideas for another week of stellar dinners designed to be eaten quickly and provide some nutritional value.


When we felt like we had a plan, he looked at me and said, "So, I'll see you Friday, right?"


It's not quite that bad, but it's close. It's another busy week with everyone coming and going. It will all get done, even though there won't be much time to relax and connect. These are the fun times, though. In a few more years, we'll be home and the girls will be driving themselves everywhere. We'll have plenty of time to relax and connect then.