St. Louis, MO – August 13, 2018 – Last year the muddy water of the Meramac River consumed Eureka, Mo. for the second time in 15 months. After each disaster, Eureka community members came together to rebuild their businesses, schools and downtown. When seven local Girl Scouts learned a tornado recently tore through Eureka, Kan., they decided to take action and help their neighbors.
Fifth- and sixth- grade Girl Scouts Lauren Callahan, Grace Cox, Elora Dames, Keegan Marshall, Kennedy Marshall, Alyce Obermark and Olivia Odleare are a group of G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) TM who organized a collection drive outside Walmart, asking store customers to donate new school supplies. After collecting thousands of school supplies, they drove 311 miles to Eureka, Kan. to deliver the donations to Eureka Junior/Senior High School and Marshall Elementary faculty members this past Saturday, Aug. 11.
The seven Girl Scouts spent the better part of July and August promoting, organizing and sorting the items. Thanks in part to the generous support of their community, these young women gave more than 4,500 school supplies, including markers, composition notebooks, folders and pencils, to Eureka Junior/Senior High School and Marshall Elementary students. Cory Marshall, Girl Scout Troop Leader, said being civic-minded is an important aspect of being a Girl Scout.
“I want to teach the girls there is joy in helping other people,” Cory said. “I’d like them to understand their small hands can make a big difference in the world.”
Keegan Marshall, Cory Marshall’s daughter and Girl Scout Junior, had to miss school because of the flood damage to her neighborhood so wanted to make sure students in Eureka, Kan. weren’t also negatively affected by the impact of a natural disaster.
“I feel proud and happy after delivering the donations,” Keegan said. “I helped kids during a tough time in their life and hopefully the supplies will help them get an even better education.”
Community service is a huge part of Girl Scouting and is evident in practically every activity girls undertake. To learn more about Girl Scouts, visit girlscoutsem.org.