Shenango to host GirlScouts@PSU program

SHARON, Pa. — On Sat., Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., approximately 100 area Brownie, Daisy, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts will be attending a patch program at Penn State Shenango. The event is being hosted by the campus’ Occupational Therapy (OT) and STEM Clubs. Other volunteers at the event include members of the Shenango River Watchers.

The day-long event will include activities which the Scouts need to complete in order to earn a patch in disability awareness, chemistry, or environmental studies.

A fun social gathering with snacks and an appearance by the Nittany Lion will also be included in the day for the younger Scouts.

“As this is our second Girl Scout event, our OT Club is well-prepared to teach the younger Girl Scouts about disability awareness,” said Marge Pendzick, instructor and program director in OT. “Our students are looking forward to working with the younger girls again to teach them how to be considerate and helpful to people who have special needs.”

“The STEM Club is happy to be part of this year’s GirlScouts@PSU event,” said STEM Club adviser and chemistry instructor Kathy Shaffer. “We have some fun hands-on activities planned for the Junior Scouts, as well as an outreach activity for the Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador group. This is a great opportunity for our students to work with our local Scouts, and we hope that it will become an annual event.”

The sessions for the younger Scouts include Sign Language, Service Animals, and Disability Simulations, while the older Scouts will attend sessions on Special Effects Using Household Chemicals, Be a Fruit Juice Sleuth, and Stream Water Investigation. For more information about GirlScouts@PSU, call 724-983-2890.