Printed on: April 22, 2014

You are appreciated


Received April 15

Throughout southern Idaho, more than 1,500 volunteers work tirelessly to support K-12 girls inside and outside of school, while helping them to build self-confidence, courage and character. These volunteers -- both women and men -- broaden girls' horizons through experiential learning. They teach them to make healthy choices, to lead with grace, to be a loyal friend, to be good stewards of resources, and to care for others in their communities.

Perhaps most importantly, these volunteers provide young girls with a constant form of mentorship and positive guidance. At a time when budget cuts continue to affect extracurricular activities and after-school programs, and children are without supervision at home or elsewhere after school, the availability of adult guidance and mentorship is increasingly important.

The volunteers I'm referring to are all involved with Girls Scouts of Silver Sage Council. Today, April 22, is National Girl Scout Leaders Day. On behalf of Girl Scouts of Silver Sage, I'd like to recognize and thank all the women and men in southern Idaho who help girls reach their full potential in school, in their personal lives, and in their communities. You are invaluable. You are appreciated. You make the world go round for 3,600 Girl Scouts. (Word count: 202)

MAUREEN O'TOOLE

chief executive officer,

Girl Scouts of Silver Sage