Allstate Arena was a sea of green and brown uniforms 2,800 strong Saturday afternoon as the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana held their seventh annual cookie kickoff.
The event, meant to inspire girls and show them sales and business practices that make for solid fundraising, is followed by a Chicago Wolves hockey game the girls and their families can attend.
Nina Grotto, 16, of Troop 51324, was the No. 1 seller of cookies last year at 6,300 boxes — 4,500 of which were donated to troops overseas. It took three months of hard work and determination to sell that many boxes, she said. She spent the day Saturday autographing pictures for other Girl Scouts.
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(Photo via Mark Welsh, Daily Herald staff photographer)
A Lisle Girl Scout troop is inviting adults and children with autism to try skiing for free at Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports on Jan. 17.
Maeve Doyle, Amanda Laurinec, Marley Malczewski, Emme Moore and Briana Ortiz — the five Lincoln Junior High School eighth-graders in Troop 50796 — came up with the idea more than a year ago while brainstorming ways to achieve their Silver Award.
Troop Leader Sue Laurinec said the girls decided they wanted to melt down old Crayons and make new, bigger “super Crayons” that would be easy for children with autism to use. She told them it was a good thought but not enough to earn their award, which requires them to spend at least 50 hours organizing and completing a community project.
Emme then suggested going skiing with the children. Laurinec made a call to Four Lakes at 5750 Lakeside Drive in Lisle, and the managers agreed not only to host the event but also to offer free admission to the autistic skiers and their families.
“I was blown away by the generosity,” Laurinec said.
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