Students help local Girl Scouts earn culture badge

By Alise Miller

Special to the Denisonian

Denison is not only about its students, but it’s also about the community. Throughout the years, Denison faculty members and students have taken many chances to involve the local community into its activities, and last weekend, a Granville Girl Scout troop was invited to the hill. On Saturday, Nov. 16 from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m., a group of Denison students and Denison’s Dr. Kennedy helped the local Brownie Girl Scout to learn not only about giving back to their community, but also about other cultures.

The girls spent their time here making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Newark Homeless Shelter, snack bags for the Salvation Army, and making Native American headdresses while hearing Native American stories and learning about Native American culture.

Their reward was the cultural learning badge. The troop paired cultural learning with first-hand experience with giving back. Leaders were going to have the girls visit the Newark Homeless Shelter in order to learn about giving back, but were afraid they were too young to be exposed to it.

After making sandwiches and snack bags with Denison students, they moved on to their fun activity of making the Native American headdresses. Tara Stayton, president of the club, said, “It teaches them about giving back and about cultures that they might not have a lot of experience with.” The troop accomplished both of their goals, and had fun while doing it.