Leonard­town Girl Scout helps oth­ers or­ga­nize and suc­ceed at school

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Emily Lit­ten re­cently earned her Sil­ver Award, the high­est honor a Girl Scout can earn.

Lit­ten is the new­est mem­ber of Girl Scout Troop 3311 in Leonar­town, join­ing in Novem­ber 2016 af­ter a long break from Girl Scout­ing. Jump­ing right into the ac­tive troop, Lit­ten de­cided that even though she had lit­tle un­der a year to work on a Sil­ver Award project, she was de­ter­mined to com­plete it.

She fin­ished all pre­req­ui­sites for the award dur­ing the school year and got right to work on de­vel­op­ing her plan for the 50-plus hour project. Just com­plet­ing eighth grade, Lit­ten de­cided to fo­cus her project on help­ing new mid­dle school and older el­e­men­tary school stu­dents get or­ga­nized for the new school year. Through her re­search, Emily dis­cov­ered that stu­dents who have the nec­es­sary sup­plies and skills do bet­ter in the school en­vi­ron­ment.

She con­tacted sev­eral com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions and churches to set up school sup­ply do­na­tion sta­tions. Lit­ten col­lected the nu­mer­ous do­na­tions and gave them to the Pa­jama Con­nec­tion, where her grand­mother at­tends church, for dis­tri­bu­tion.

The St. Mary’s Board of Ed­u­ca­tion’s home­less com­mit­tee has iden­ti­fied more 150 stu­dents as home­less, mean­ing with­out a fixed ad­dress. The Pa­jama Con­nec­tion as­sists chil­dren by giv­ing cloth­ing, pur­chas­ing jack­ets or coats when­ever needed, and with Lit­ten’s sup­ply drive, set­ting stu­dents up for the school year.

She also cre­ated a “Get Or­ga­nized!” work­shop held at the Leonard­town li­brary to teach sim­ple study and organizational skills that would be help­ful for stu­dents of all lev­els and ages. More than 25 stu­dents at­tended Lit­ten’s work­shop, which in­cluded in­ter­ac­tive “lessons,” from tak­ing notes dur­ing a video clip to cre­at­ing color-coded study plans. In­stead of charg­ing ad­mis­sion to her work­shop, Emily re­quested ev­ery stu­dent bring school sup­plies to add to what she col­lected from her do­na­tion sta­tions.

Lit­ten is a fresh­man at St. Mary’s Ryken High School and is an ac­tive mem­ber of Girl Scout Troop 3311, which is com­prised of 12 ninth-grade girls.

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Emily Lit­ten of Girl Scout Troop 3311 shows some of the school sup­plies she col­lected as part of her Sil­ver Award project, the high­est honor a Girl Scout cadette can earn.

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