On the edge of the Founders Campus courtyard in front of a shiny red firetruck, 70 little Mount Vernon ladies aged 5 to 10, were able to humble strong, grown, firefighting men.
This year, the third grade Girl Scout troop decided to focus on serving our community, so they analyzed their Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Law:
The Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.
These 17 girls realized how closely related their objectives were to Mount Vernon’s five learning principles. They could serve God, our country and help people if they could just become transformers and make an impact.
Putting design thinking into action, Troop 13551 brainstormed potential projects by discovering, empathizing, experimenting and ultimately producing a product. The girls asked their troop leader, parent Charlotte Seefeldt, to contact Sandy Springs Fire Station, #2, to see if they could use extra blankets to distribute to community members in need. Fire Chief Keith Sanders replied enthusiastically, “Yes, we could use about 80 for our four fire stations.” At that point, all Mount Vernon Girl Scout troops were invited to collaborate and participate in sharing the well. 77 girls in Kindergarten through fifth grade were ecstatic to have an opportunity to make a difference in their community.
Together, they decided they would raise money by having a bake sale at the Lower School Fun Night, to buy supplies, make the blankets and deliver them to the Sandy Springs Fire Department.
In time, the five troops surpassed their collective 80-blanket goal, by making 109 blankets complete with handmade labels: “Made with Loving Prayers by the Girl Scouts at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.”
On a cold and windy day in November, all of the girls, wearing their vests and sashes, pulled six wagons overflowing with blankets out to the Founders Campus parking lot to meet Fire Chief Sanders and four grateful firefighters.
We can be very proud of these Girl Scout sisters in troops 10500, 11755, 13551, 13560 and 15231 who have made good on their promise to serve our community.
The Girl Scout Promise and Law are shared by every member of Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout Promise is the way Girl Scouts agree to act every day toward one another and other people, and the Girl Scout Law outlines a way to act towards one another and the world.