August 17, 2008

4 Girl Scouts Help Food Pantry, Earn Their Silver Award

By JoAnne Poindexter [email protected] 981-3232

The four members of Girl Scout Troop 329 of the Trefoil Service Unit recently created a marketing package for the food pantry at St. Francis House and earned their Silver Award.

The award is the second highest honor a Girl Scout can earn.

The Scouts -- Hannah Godsey, Laura Hall, Emily Heymann and Elizabeth Hill -- are students at Patrick Henry High School and meet at South Roanoke United Methodist Church.

They developed the marketing program to assist the food pantry recruit volunteers and solicit contributions. The girls took pictures and wrote copy for a traveling display board, brochures and a PowerPoint presentation for the feeding program, where Hannah volunteered.

The food pantry is in the 800 block of Campbell Avenue Southwest.

St. Francis' director Eileen Stone will use the materials in community presentations, said troop leader Helen Hill.

The Scouts used proceeds from their sale of Girl Scout cookies and nuts to purchase materials for the project.

"If she [Stone] would have hired a marketing group, it would have cost a lot of money," Helen Hill said.

The project, she said, didn't cost the girls much.

The Scouts used their computer skills to do most of the work, and "now she can take the display board and PowerPoint to churches and other places when she has speaking engagements," Helen Hill said.

Hannah is the daughter of Melissa and Tripp Godsey; and Laura is the daughter of Tom and Alice Hall.

Helen and David Hill are Elizabeth's parents; and Lori and Paul Heymann are Emily's parents.

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