LS Girl Scouts ask for acts of kindness on May Day

rpulley@lsjournal.comApril 26, 2013 

The Girl Scouts have a simple request: please do something nice for someone on May Day.

A-OK May Day is May 1st and Girl Scouts of Troop 3086 is asking all of Lee’s Summit to join them in demonstrating acts of kindness to “bring awareness of to the importance of kindness in our community.”

A-OK stands for Acts of Kindness.

The 13 girls of the troop have been working hard to get the word out. They made posters, created a Facebook page (A-OK May Day) and talked to each class in the two schools they attend, Cedar Creek and Longview Farm elementary schools.

They spoke at civic groups, including Rotary and Optimist clubs, and the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council.

All 13 girls attended a Lee’s Summit City Council meeting asking officials to join in. Mayor Randy Rhoads proclaimed May 1st “A-OK May Day” in Lee’s Summit.

Rhoads said he hasn’t preplanned his kind act but will wait for an opportunity on that day.

“You put this in people’s minds and maybe they’ll be spontaneous,” Rhoads said. “Then it will have a genuineness to it.”

Troop leader Kathy Asel said the project was undertaken by the group as part of earning their Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn. They learn confidence and courage by discovering what they can accomplish alone, together and through their community, she said.

“Boy are they learning courage, speaking in front of large groups,” Asel said.

Last year the girls were working on relationships and friendships and Asel had the idea of “I Caught You” forms to be completed when a girl did something right. The girls wanted to expand that idea beyond their troop into their school and into the community. The kindness campaign grew out of that.

The girls planned their project together at their meetings. They came up with a number of ideas, then talked them over to see which would meet the guidelines for the award.

Gracie Heath, 10, a student at Longview Farm, was one of the members who gave a talk to the LSEDC at its quarterly meeting, with 200 people in attendance.

“It was scary,” she said. But after that experience, talking to other groups like Rotary clubs was easy.

“I’ve learned you can do things by yourself, as a team and with your community,” Gracie said. “You can really do anything if you put work into it.”

She plans to cook breakfast or dinner for her mother.

She said that the day after they’ll be asking classmates what acts of kindness they did for May Day and post them on the Facebook page. The troop is inviting the rest of Lee’s Summit to do the same.

“I’m very excited, I think it will make a big change in our community,” Gracie said.

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