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Girls Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day

4/3/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Photo courtesy of Michelle Jester and Ashley Schweikert
BATH — One local celebration of World Thinking Day Feb. 22 drew over 200 people, raised more than $100 for the Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties and collected 172 canned goods for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, according to Michelle Jester, co-leader of Girl Scouts Junior Troop No. 90640.

Jester’s troop, led by herself and Audrey Schweikert, is made up of 13 fourth-graders from Bath Elementary and Old Trail schools who hosted the event at Montrose Zion United Methodist Church.

Annually since 1926, Girl Scouts, their families, friends and communities have gathered on World Thinking Day to celebrate each other, hope for peace throughout the world and to teach younger generations the true meaning of philanthropy — in particular, that as Girl Scouts it is important to understand current social issues and to take action, Jester said.

Several age levels of Girl Scouts at Revere and Old Trail schools attended, as various troops represented Brazil, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico and the U.S., while several additional troops attended as tourists. Shown above are the 12 troops involved in the World Thinking Day event.

The troops hosted informational booths, gave away handmade “swaps” (special “whatchamacallits” affectionately pinned someplace) and made presentations about the countries they were representing.

The host troop wore kimonos and sang “Haru Ga Kita” about the coming of spring, while others performed a Hong Kong Lion Dance, a traditional Hungarian dance and a Mexican Hat Dance. French mimes, a slideshow tour of Italy and handmade Brazilian carnival masks also were part of the presentations.

— By Ariel Hakim

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