Girl Scouts take time out for Thinking Day


March 02, 2001|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LAST SUNDAY, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts from the Bollman Bridge Cluster participated in a nationwide Girl Scout tradition: Thinking Day.

On this day, American Girl Scouts pause to acknowledge and celebrate Scouts who live in other countries. Last year, the Bollman Bridge Cluster chose to honor the worldwide Girl Scout movement by exploring languages. Each troop selected a language, then prepared a presentation to introduce that language to the cluster.

It snowed on last year's Thinking Day - a lot. Schools closed, roads were impassable and by the time the roads cleared, other activities made rescheduling Thinking Day impossible.

But a good idea never dies. The Scouts used last year's hard work for this year's event. The theme was "Learn A Little Language." Senior Troop 679, mostly high school students from the Savage area, organized the event. The younger Brownie and Junior troops selected a range of languages and activities to present to their fellow Scouts.

At one table, Scouts could learn a little Hebrew and play with dreidels - tops used in the celebration of Hanukkah. Another troop taught German through word-search games.

At the Chinese station, girls could play Chinese checkers and see a map of the world's most populous country. At the Japanese table, girls made origami figures. At the French table, girls made Citron Presse - lemonade - while learning French pronunciation. According to Dawn Stewart, cluster co- ordinator, this was a popular stop.

Among the most interesting sites was a demonstration of sign language, used by the deaf community, presented by Hands in Harmony - a singing group that incorporates sign language into its performances.

There were also demonstrations of rebus, a kind of puzzle in which visual images of objects, signs and letters are used to suggest words or phrases.

Also notable was the Scouts' version of the television game, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" sponsored by a Cadet troop. Using the same format as the show, contestants answered questions about Girl Scout traditions, vocabulary and activities. The troop plans to replay the game at the Girl Scout Mall Lock-in - a giant slumber party to be held at a mall.

Thanks are due to all the volunteers and troops who made this a great day. Thanks, also, to Hammond High junior Jenn Hubbs, who organized much of the event; Kim Rodriguez, who arranged for the appearance of Hands in Harmony; Jessica Kemper and Jaime Kemper, who arranged for the site.

Blood drive

The Atholton High School Student Government Association will hold a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12 at the school.

Be a hero, save a life and get a snack - all for a donation of a pint of blood.

To help with the drive: Emma Ostendorp, 301-776-1108; to donate: Megan Reynolds, 301-490- 6592.

`Sumo' wrestling

Altholton High School has had a pleasant cultural arrangement with a high school in Japan. On alternate years, students from Japan visit Atholton, and Altholton members of the Japanese Club visit their counterparts halfway around the world.

The 2002 trip to Japan is, as usual, expensive, so the Japanese Club is holding a fund-raiser. This year, for the second time, the club will feature "Sumo" wrestling. Students will don padded Sumo suits to get the exaggerated figure of a Sumo athlete and wrestle one another in a tournament.

Suitable for the whole family, the matches will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 9 at the school. Tickets will be sold at the door.


Bethel Assembly of God welcomes evangelist Bob Fisher for a revival, to be held March 18-21 at the church. The revival will be held at 6 p.m. March 18 and 7 p.m. March 19-21. All are invited.

The food pantry at the church always needs new items, the most immediate being nonperishable food. Anyone moving to a new home soon might consider donating their canned goods, rather than paying movers to pack and transport them.

Information about the pantry or the revival: the church office, 301-498-3344.

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