Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pennsylvania Girl Scouts use Halloween as an Opportunity to Do Good

This Halloween, Pennsylvanis Girl Scouts Megan Galasso, LeeAnn Mahalick and Katie Gushka earned their Girl Scout Silver Award for providing Halloween costumes and an elaborate party for children at the Marion Terrace housing project.

The Silver Award is the second highest award in Girl Scouts and the highest available to their age group. "We wanted every kid to experience the thrill of Halloween," said Gushka. The Citizen's Voice reports that dressing up is a big part of what makes Halloween the girls' favorite holiday. But they realized not everyone can afford costumes.

Galasso, 13, of Shavertown; Mahalick, 13, of Kingston and Gushka, 14, of Swoyersville, are members of Senior Troop 33912, which meets in Kingston.

The project impressed Beth Gagliardi, director of the Boys and Girls Club of Marion Terrace. It was unusual in two ways, she said. It was the first time volunteers brought a Halloween event to her club and the first time she saw kids do so much to help other kids.

"I asked if they wanted help, but they wanted to be in full charge of it," Gagliardi said. That kind of leadership is key to the Silver Award, which requires that the girls be in charge of the project and work for a minimum of 50 hours.

The girls gathered donations of costumes in good condition, coming up with around 50 by passing out flyers, appealing to other Scouts and putting the word out on Facebook. Some people donated new costumes. Each girl donated at least a few of her own, including a pizza slice, a solider, Spiderman, Alice in Wonderland and a bunch of scary stuff. There were lots of other choices, including a unicorn, a skeleton, Star Wars characters and princesses.