Girl Scout Troop earns Bronze Award

Left, Jennifer Stevenson, Sarah Hultgren, Kayley Gillson, Marina Ayoub, Alora Quinn, Adelynn Pettee, Sydney Dimapelis, Cheyanne Kippels, Etta Wambolt, Pamela Pettee, and Kyla Kochsiek.

Girl Scout Troop 55171, 5th graders at Kaposia Education Center in South St. Paul, has completed their Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. This award is a leadership adventure to help girls develop confidence, meet new people, and have fun while they make a difference in their world.

Their two year project was The Dwelling Place, a transitional safe house for women and children who have been subjected to domestic abuse. Residents acquire the necessary skills to achieve independent housing, a sustaining income and violent-free lives.

The troop proceeds from cookie sales and garage sale fund-raisers helped support their project. The girls felt it was a true privilege supporting these families and a wonderful learning experience. Congratulations and great job, girls.

Some somber statistics regarding domestic abuse:

There are more shelters for abused animals than there are shelters for abused women and children.

Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted.

Up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.

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