Girl Scouts prove their mission is possible

If one girl in one community can make a difference, imagine the difference 14,000 girls spread across 16 counties can make. Thats the premise behind the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New Yorks Mission: Possible a weekend of giving back to the community. The May 31 weekend event, designed to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the merger of the North Country Girl Scout Council with Hudson Valley, Mohawk and Adirondack councils, marked a weekend of giving featuring nearly 75 service projects, including eight in Clinton County. The eight projects involved girls rolling up their sleeves to celebrate music, comfort those in need, hold block parties and safety fairs, clean churches, and beautify downtowns, among other projects. In Beekmantown, more than 50 Girl Scouts from the Beekmantown/Cumberland Head Service Unit held a Celebration of Music. Musical acts ranging from Beekmantowns own Accidentals to Irish dancers to school musical ensembles entertained the girls throughout the day, but the main purpose was to kick off the groups used musical instrument drive. Were a rural school, explained service unit chair Donna Agnew. There are a number of children who cannot participate [in school music programs] due to a lack of instruments. To combat that lack, the troop is accepting donations of used musical instruments, which will then be donated back to the schools. Agnew stressed the instruments do not need to be in perfect condition, as volunteers are ready to make any needed repairs. Girls kept busy through the day at different craft and activity stations, but the highlight was the donation of two used instruments a trumpet and a violin. Meanwhile, in Rouses Point, Girl Scouts held a block party for safety, complete with fingerprinting stations and safety ID cards, while Plattsburgh Girl Scouts planted flowers at the Plattsburgh Police Department and Clinton County Nursing Home. In Chazy, girls enjoyed pizza and dessert after a long day of cleaning Chazy Presbyterian Church from top to bottom. In the main church, girls cleaned and shined all the woodwork from the pews to the sanctuary, and even washed windows. The kitchen was scrubbed and daycare rooms were given a thorough cleaning. Senior Girl Scout Emily Gilmore helped clean the main church. I had little girls helping me scrub the benches Im like, scrub harder! she recalled. It was a good adventure, a good thing we did today. The reason we picked the church is because all the troops meet here at different times, explained Lisa Panetta, Chazy service unit coordinator. Despite the hard work, there was still plenty of time for fun with friends. Cadettes and Senior Scouts organized several craft stations weaving a Gods eye and face painting as part of their work on the Textile Arts Interest Project. It was fun, even with the hard work, agreed Maura Trombley as she helped paint faces. We got to hang out with friends.

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