Local Girl Scouts receive Silver Awards

Dana Norman, Emma Panning, Molly Miller display their Silver Awards they received for the project. (Submitted photo)

Dana Norman, Emma Panning, Molly Miller display their Silver Awards they received for the project. (Submitted photo)

Three local Girl Scouts were honored in a ceremony in Owatonna on Sunday, May 19, for earning their Silver Award.
Central Middle School students Emma Panning of Hamburg and Molly Miller and Dana Norman of NYA put in over 180 hours of community service work creating a set of literacy bags for their project advisor, preschool teacher Anne Rohe at Eastern Carver County Schools.
Ms. Rohe teaches English language learner students. She was looking for a way to extend learning beyond the classroom into the children’s homes in order to better prepare the children for success in kindergarten.
The 26 literacy bags the girls created (one for each letter of the alphabet) were filled with books in both English and Spanish, white boards and markers to practice writing, and lots of fun learning games which the girls created from scratch.
The children check out a new bag each week and complete the literacy activities at home with their families. Ms. Rohe reports that the bags have been very popular with her students this year.
A high school student at Chaska High School found out about the girls’ project and asked permission to use it as a foundation for her Capstone graduation project: she recently translated all of the girls’ work into Spanish to help parents make the most out of the activities in their homes.
The Silver Award is the highest achievement available to Cadette Girl Scouts in sixth– through eighth-grade.
To attain the award, each Girl Scout must put in a minimum of 50 hours community service work on a project she develops to meet an identified need in her community.

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