A LETTER; SAVE A LIFE; EARN A BADGE !
PEGGY AMATANGELO, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST AND MOTHER OF AIUSA HUMAN
RIGHTS ACTIVIST GINA AMATANGLEO, DESCRIBES HOW SHE WORKED
WITH SCOUTS, USING AIUSA'S CHILDREN'S EDITION URGENT ACTION.
22 sixth graders that comprise Cadette Girl Scout troop #1552
in Pennsylvania and their leaders, Suzanne Carson, Debbie
Weber, and Elizabeth Webber, asked me, Peggy Amatangelo, to
assist the troop in its "Desktop Publishing Individual Patch
have served Girl Scouts for over a quarter of a century as
a Brownie Leader, Girl Scout Troop leader, Neighborhood Consultant,
as well as in my own scouting years. As an Instructional Computer
Tech for a middle school; I was delighted to be invited to
assist the girls in this endeavor.
of the requirements for completion of this badge is to participate
in a Service Project where girls create cards for a special
group. I introduced the troop to Amnesty International USA's
AIKids website for children which featured a Children's Edition
Urgent Action about 17-year-old Rafik Miya and I suggested
the girls practice their letter writing and editing skills
by composing letters to the Ambassador of Nepal of behalf
of Rafik Miya, a street merchant, missing since January 17,
troop really enjoyed this activity. The scouts practiced their
newly-learned skills of gaining information from a website,
and then writing a business letter, creating a letterhead,
and proofreading. When these little girls fully understood
the plight of Rafik Miya, and made their demands to the Ambassador
clearly known in their letters — he probably shook in his
boots! The scouts were also reminded to appreciate the safety
and personal freedoms we enjoy in the United States. Just
as importantly, the girls learned that young people can make
a difference in our world and make the world a better place!
We may have created a few much - needed activists for life
from this group of scouts.
service project does not necessarily express the views of
the Girl Scouts – Trillium Council, or indicate an endorsement
of Amnesty International as an organization.