Letter: You Go, Girls
To the Editor:
As president of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, it was particularly gratifying to see girls highlighted in two very different ways in the Nov. 21 Valley News . Both represent what Girl Scouts stands for today — building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
In one example, there was a picture of Brownie Girl Scouts preparing a dance to be performed at the Lebanon Opera House. How many adults would have the courage and confidence to belly dance in front of an audience? My congratulations go to the girls and their leaders. My thanks go to Gina Capossela, who donated her time to teach them.
In the second example, an article focused on a team of girls, the only one, that competed in Vermont’s Lego competition. STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programming is a relatively new focus for Girl Scouts. Our research shows that girls are very interested in these fields and do well in them until the beginning of high school, when they begin to think that they aren’t good at these things. We will lose out if girls are not encouraged to remain in these fields and if we fail to provide the leadership to make the changes that will be needed to make the world a better place. Congratulations, girls; well done and keep at it! I’m proud to say that Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains has its first two teams this year. I hope this is just the beginning.
Susan H. Donnelly
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains