The Daisies, Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts of Troop 1874 of Summit View Elementary raised $2,000 for 'Food for Thought' by using their baking and video production talents.
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Summit View Elementary Girl Scouts turned their talents into $2,000 to help feed their classmates.
According to Sara Jackson and Chris Baker, co-leaders of Troop 1874, the 13 girls aged 4-10 studied themselves before deciding how they could help their community.
“This year we structured our troop to align their passions and talents with community service work. The girls got to know themselves first, then we translated their talents into the community,” said Jackson.
“At school, they had talked about doing service learning projects, and they learned about ‘Food for Thought.’ Right away, they decided that was going to be their cause,” said Baker.
Food for Thought, a program of Action Ministries, sends food home with students who are homeless or live in situations where they don’t get to eat at night or on the weekends.
“The troop was mortified to learn that their fellow students in their school go home hungry,” said Jackson.
They decided to raise $1,000.
In addition to the troop cookie booth, the girls set up a donation jar and raised $100 for the program. One girl followed her passion for baking and sold decorated cupcakes at the school’s fall festival.
Then, they decided to make a video.
“This was their project and the decided how they wanted to proceed with it,” Baker said. “We talked about what they wanted to say, about what it meant to be a Girl Scout, and what their goal was, and they put it together.”
The video can be found online at http://bit.ly/10OFNKn or by searching YouTube for Troop 1874.
Fourth-grader Leigh Ann Baker said making the video was hard, but it was also fun, and it was a good way to help raise money for other kids.
“I don’t really like going in front of the camera, so I wanted to help direct instead. It was good to make our own choices,” she said. “I think it’s important because I don’t think kids should only get food at school. They should have food at home too, so they don’t starve.”
Nine-year-old Hannah Smith said knowing other kids were hungry made her upset.
“The most important thing about Girl Scouts is helping people around the world and being a sister to every Girl Scout,” she said. “This was to help kids in our school have food over the weekend. It feels better knowing we helped them.”
After they presented their video to a group of adults, they doubled their goal, raising $2,000.
“This is just phenomenal,” said Larry Tibbs, a retired educator and a Food for Thought volunteer. “We're talking about elementary-age students who went above and beyond doing a little fundraiser for an activity. They worked long and hard and put a real emphasis on finding ways to use their talents and passions, to make a public service announcement they filmed and developed. They went so much farther than doing an average fundraiser.”
He said that it costs $200 a year to send one student home with a backpack full of food every week, so their donation will feed 10 children for a year.
“It’s spectacular,” said Tibbs.
“We try to tap into each individual’s strengths and gave them a role to use those strengths,” said Baker. “That’s what Girl Scouts do.”