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Girl Scouts give thanks to veterans with special meal

Members of Chazy Girl Scouts Troop 25 stand with veterans during a special Veterans Day meal they prepared for members of Russell B. Child American Legion Post 769 Nov. 11.

Members of Chazy Girl Scouts Troop 25 stand with veterans during a special Veterans Day meal they prepared for members of Russell B. Child American Legion Post 769 Nov. 11.

Chazy Girl Scouts Troop 25 have shown their thanks to the men and women who have served and who continue to serve our country.

The local troop hosted a special Veterans Day meal for members of Russell B. Child American Legion Post 769 at Chazy Presbyterian Church Nov. 11. The event was both the culmination of a six-week cooking program and way to honor local veterans, said Troop Leader Lisa M. Panetta.

The program, known as “Cookarama,” involved the girls preparing meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, and hot apple crisp served over vanilla ice cream, with fruit and cheese kabobs served as appetizers.

“We hope to have taught the girls to work as a team while learning to cook as some of them may not get that experience elsewhere,” said Panetta. “They have learned to cook different foods and even though some may say they do not like one of the foods we were cooking that night they had to try at least a bite.”

The planning of the program to end with the Veterans Day meal was a way to help the girls feel “that they can make a difference in the world,” added Panetta.

“The girls greeted the veterans and their guests at the door, did coat check, seated them, took beverage orders, and served the veterans their meals,” she said.

And, just as the veterans commitment to their country did not go unnoticed by the Scouts, the efforts of the young girls did not go unnoticed either.

 “It is rare that young people think about or even know what this day means to those who have served,” said veteran Stephen LaPierre. “Ask any veteran what they want and all you will hear is just a thank you for having served.” 

Susan Billow, who also serves as Troop Leader, said she couldn’t have been more proud of the Scouts.

“I was so proud and honored at how the girls handled themselves in front of the veterans and how hard they worked to prepare they meal,” said Billow. “This cooking program gave the girls 15 different outcomes some of which are develop a strong sense of self, gain practical life skills, feel connected to their communities, locally and globally, and feel empowered to make a difference in the world. “

“These events are important to help build courage, confidence, and character in the girls,” added Billow.

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