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Girl Scouts honor World Thinking Day

WTD 2019 Red Cross troop
Girl Scout Brownies and Cadettes in Troop 12557 not only made a display to illustrate the founding of the American Red Cross by Clara Barton, they helped others make first-aid kits and demonstrated how to warm a person suffering from hypothermia at the World Thinking Day in Exeter on Jan. 26 at Exeter High School. (GSGWM photo)

Exeter-area troops gather for theme of “Women Make a Difference”

EXETER, NH | Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world will celebrate World Thinking Day on Feb. 22, but in Exeter they had a head start with an event of their own honoring their theme “Women Make a Difference.”

World Thinking Day originated in 1926, calling for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to join together and take part in activities that promote changing the world for the better. About 160 Girl Scouts from the Exeter area participated in their own day on January 26 at Exeter High School, with displays, activities, and projects. Each troop was asked to pick a country or a woman who has taken the lead or made a difference for her community. They also gathered their pennies for a donation to the New Hampshire SPCA.

Among the displays were information on Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross; Malala Yousefzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and Nobel Prize winner; Katherine Johnson, the African-American NASA mathematician featured in in the movie “Hidden Figures”; Venus Williams, a professional tennis player who has fought for equal pay in the world of tennis and a former Girl Scout; and many more. The girls made first-aid kits, paper rockets powered by human breath, and learned a lot about the women who have made the world a better place.

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