The nutrition departments at two Humble ISD elementary schools received a financial break after a local Girl Scouts troop, led by volunteers Missy Rajabi and Tammie Ramcharan, donated a total of $1,220 to go toward past-due meal balances.
“Troop 118037 was able to donate $1,220, collectively, to Atascocita Springs Elementary and Eagle Spring Elementary with each school receiving $610,” said the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Chief External Affairs Officer Connie Chavez.
The idea to donate the funds began with the girls of Troop 118037 wanting to complete a service project that would not only impact the troop, but impact the kids at their local schools.
“The troop was surprised to hear about the balance of the outstanding lunch fund and wanted to make a difference,” Chavez said.
Once the initiative was confirmed, the troop began the process of raising money through cookie sales and “educating the community on the need with a school commercial and school announcement,” Chavez explained. “They also raised money [hosting] a bake sale complete with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and sweet treats during the holidays.”
According to Chavez, the outcome of this service project brought much excitement to the girls in Troop 118037 who will be deciding what to do with the money earned when selling cookies again this year.
“The girls in the troop were so excited to see they could make a difference in their community, and that’s what being a Girl Scout is all about. I’m sure this won’t be the last service project they complete. It’s not uncommon for Girl Scouts to use funds earned through the cookie program to support their community service projects. It’s very rewarding for them to set a goal, work hard to raise the money, and then decide how they’ll use it to make the world a better place,” she said.
About the donation, Atascocita Springs Elementary School Principal Cheryl Fennel said, “I am always thrilled when groups or students come forward with ways that they can serve or help out the community. I encourage projects that go above and beyond what we teach in our curriculum with all our students. The Girl Scouts went on our ASE morning news to publicize their project and then it just moved from there with our grade levels becoming actively involved.”
In addition to the $610 donated by Troop 118037, Eagle Springs Elementary Principal April Maldonado stated that first-grader Mallory Sumbera donated $1,220 from funds raised for her birthday. “This money goes into a special Donated Meal Account that is used any time a student runs out of money in their personal account. Instead of receiving only a sandwich and milk, a student receives a full, hot meal paid for from this account,” said Maldonado.
Girl Scout Troop 118037 is comprised of 20 girls that attend Atascocita Springs, Eagle Springs and Groves Elementary schools. They meet at one of the Eagle Springs’ clubhouses. For more information about the troops in The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, call 713-292-0300 or visit gssjc.org.