Leonardtown Girl Scout helps others organize and succeed at school
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.
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.