Chazy Girl Scouts to host Asset Fun Run

CHAZY Developmental assets are what young people need in order to mature into healthy, caring and contributing adults. That is why Chazy Girl Scout Troop 25 was driven to host the Asset Fun Run, a community awareness event sponsored by the Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network(EAHC). Asset Fun Run is designed as an educational tool, sharing the 40 developmental assets brought to light by the Search Institute as common sense supports, experiences, and behaviors that young people need as they face maturity. Amanda Garrow of EAHC said she got the idea from a book called Ideas That Cook, which is published by the Search Institute. The walk is a way to get the youth and community together and also to get the 40 Developmental Assets into the community, Garrow said. Garrow, who had been doing workshops with the Girl Scouts for a few weeks, said she and her supervisor felt this would be a great job for the Girl Scouts to take on. And that they did. Lisa and I are just here to help, she said. The Girl Scouts have taken responsibility for the coordination, planning and implementation of the project. It is completely theirs. As troop leader Lisa Panetta explained there will be several informational booths set up along the course. Whether walking or running, participants will be urged to visit each one to learn about external and internal assets that can help shape young peoples futures. Each is broken into four categories including support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies and positive identity. They reflect the positive experiences young people draw on from other people, institutions, and communities in their lives. They also show how the community must nurture and guide young people so that they might be more apt to make the right choices and decisions now and in the future. Not only will the learning aspect of the event be interesting, it promises to be fun as well. Each of the troop members will be responsible for the organization of an informational booth. Emily Gilmore picked safety as her topic. She said it runs with the idea of enrolling in an afterschool program rather than going home alone. She asked Polly McFarlan, director of Chazys afterschool program to be at her booth and is hoping she brings some of the children along. The Chazy Fire Department will also be on-site along with the Clinton County Fires Associations SmokeHouse as an example of community resources. Dina Panettas has sought the help of Tom Bull who runs the schools Homework Club. According to Panetta, Bull is famous for his saying; did you ever think youd hear homework and fun in the same sentence? Panetta also choose to have an Adult Role Model booth featuring Cory Thompson, a math teacher who also volunteers as an EMT, is a soccer and basketball coach and is also the schools Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) director. Candice Panetta has asked the Garnot family, owners of Hairstyles Unlimited, to help out at her booth by showing how things like a new look or hairstyle can help boost ones self-esteem. The importance of spending time constructively is what Miranda Oshier chose to show at her Creative Activities booth. Hers will feature two inspirational students who are members of the high school Jazz band, Armand Langevin saxophone, and Jeremy Reynolds trombone. Oshier said she hopes to include other band members as well. Each Asset Fun Run participant will be given a card to get punched at each booth, once filled the cards will be collected for drawings and door prizes. Certificates will also be awarded to those who complete the Asset Fun Run. But thats not all, the $1 admission fee will benefit the Chazy Senior Housing project and as participants are also asked to bring one non-perishable food item to donate to the communitys JCEO Outreach program. A free tee shirt will be given to the first 30 people to sign up for the run. If you go: Asset Fun Run 2007 will be held April 21 with registration starting at 10 a.m. The run/walk will begin at 11 a.m. Cost: $1 donation for Chazy Senior Housing and one non-perishable food item for JCEO of West Chazy. For more information call Amanda Garrow of Eastern Adirondack Health Care Network at 564-3357 or Lisa Panetta at 846-8235.

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