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Local Girl Scouts to Receive Gold Awards May 21

May 18, 2006

For her Gold Award, Laura gave 50 hand-made scarves to Five Acres, the oldest non-sectarian child abuse and neglect prevention, treatment and education center in the San Gabriel Valley. Laura made most of the scarves herself, but collected some from other generous knitters. She also collected yarn and knitting needles. Laura wanted to share her love of knitting with the children at Five Acres, so that they could pass away their time with a productive and relaxing hobby. She made a DVD explaining how to knit in a step-by-step fashion and provided 50 colorful skeins of donated yarn, knitting needles and flyers with knitting directions.

Laura has been a Girl Scout in Troop 273 since Kindergarten. She is currently a junior at La Cañada High School. She is in the high school band and plays on the varsity softball team. Laura is also a member of the National Honor Society. She has completed two summers of Leadership Training at Skylake Yosemite Camp, her favorite place in the world. Outside of school, she is involved with the Les Fleurettes debutante program.

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She would like to thank her advisor Mrs. Sue Clairday. She would also like to thank all those who helped with her project.

Sumita Mitra

For her Gold Award project, Sumita Mitra thoroughly researched and gave presentations on four countries: France, Mexico, China, and India to kindergartners and first graders at the Altadena Public Library for a week. The presentation included the reading of a folk tale from each of the countries, and a making simple craft for the children to take home as a memento. The children also enjoyed learning to speak a few words from each national language in addition to viewing a cultural dance from India, learning and singing “La Bamba,” and listening to a traditional French song played on the viola by Sumita herself. Because Southern California is so ethnically diverse, Sumita wanted to do a project that would increase tolerance and awareness for other cultures in hopes that her young students will use their newfound knowledge to fight interracial tensions and promote open-mindedness throughout all their lives.

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