To the editor:
As I read about the increased school security around the area and hear about school violence, I am reminded about how important it is for adults to be involved with the positive development of children. As a concerned adult, I volunteer with Girl Scouts. When asked why, the answer is easy to give.
I choose to be a Girl Scout volunteer because I value helping girls grow strong in body, mind and spirit. Many girls today have needs that aren't being met and Girl Scouts have stepped up to the plate to provide a program that develops strong values and life skills.
I choose to be a Girl Scout volunteer because of the rewards. Rewards such as a sense of giving back, making a difference in a young person's life and contributing to our community.
I choose to be a Girl Scout volunteer because I remember the fun times and friends I gained as a Girl Scout when I was young. I want other girls to have similar memories that will last a lifetime.
I choose to be a Girl Scout volunteer because it has helped me develop my own leadership skills and I have received training that has benefits in other parts of my life.
I choose to be a Girl Scout volunteer because I believe that the relationship I have with my daughters, and girls I know, is stronger because of Girl Scouting. Whether camping, organizing a community food drive or exploring science and technology, the activities we do together has developed stronger relationships.
Girl Scouts builds leaders one girl at a time. But we can't build leaders without leaders. Volunteers are needed, men, women, parents and non-parents, to volunteer as troop leaders, for short-term projects, trainers or to work at day camps in the Lawrence area. Get involved today because the benefits are boundless. Just ask me. I know.
Mary Beth Petr,