Monday, November 19, 2012

Agent of Change: Session 5

As I told you in the entry for Session 4, the girls selected the Humane Society to help as a Service Project for our Journey. I contacted them and they told me the girls could make no-sew fleece blankets and collect items they need.

At our meeting, we were also gearing up for the Holiday Parade and finishing up our 1980s patch for Windows to the Past. So, we had a few things to do.

We had animal crackers for a snack to tie in with the Animal Shelter project. The girls thought I was so clever... I do have to admit that I didn't even think about the correlation until after I purchased the snack and was like "oh... cool!". Sometimes I surprise myself.

Over snack we discussed What Do We Have? and Who Will Do What? I got the girls started and then just let them roll with it. I made sure if I offered any help with the items on the list that I would say "Are you in agreement with that?", "Does that sound correct?", "How would you word it?", "Did we forget anything?".

We first talked about Who Will Do What? We broke down the list of items the Humane Society had asked for and we divided it up between the girls.

Who Will Do What?
Carry In Blankets8 blankets, 1 for each girl to carry in
DriversLeader and Co-Leader
Peanut ButterD
Applesauce (unsweetened)A
Hand SanitizerC
Paper TowelsC

The girls signing up for something to bring were instructed to ASK their parents and if they were okay with it, that was fine. They were also instructed that if they wanted to bring additional items, they could, but to please make sure they brought what they signed up for, so we covered the list.

We also talked about what we had. I wrote the list for them on a piece of cardstock.

What Do We Have?
  • blankets
  • girl power
  • vehicles to get there
  • a plan
  • vests for our trip <--This one made me proud. They were insistent they need to wear their vests for the fieldtrip. 

I had gotten the fleece and my main girl and crafty bud helped me cut out the blankets and cut all the strips before the meeting. It took us quite a while and I didn't want to try to supervise seven girls cutting the fleece and stress out... So, we spent a lot of the meeting tying knots. The girls were so excited and then I stretched them to make them square and they were very amazed and proud of their blankets... with good reason. They did a fabulous job!

The girls are super excited about the trip. So, our next troop meeting is a fieldtrip to the Humane Society.

Session 6 & 7 are carrying out the project and reporting on it. So, we'll spend the next meeting doing it and the last meeting of the semester making posters or writing a story or drawing a picture to show what we did. I plan to get photos of the meetings and trip printed and we'll make a simple album of the journey. Stay tuned and I'll let you know how that turns out.

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