When Ambassador Girl Scout Alexandria Bassett set out on her mission to help the students of the Cow Field School in Liberia support their community, she chose give them an opportunity to learn how to make a product they could sell. In the true spirit of friendship, she thought Friendship Bracelets would be the perfect theme.
Each of the 250 students at the school received a button kit that included a bracelet that Alexandria made as a sample, skeins of DMC Embroidery Floss donated by Iris Whitted on behalf of DMC USA, and hundreds of buttons and instructions for re-creating the bracelet. Her shipment of supplies weighed 110 pounds and contained over 126,000 buttons and over 1,250 skeins of embroidery floss.
The students are taught to make a marketable product that they can sell to earn money to support their families, education, and local school. The finished bracelets will be sold at the local market.
According to the Girls Scouts site, the “Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges you to change the world.”
This seven-step project involves identifying an issue, researching the issue thoroughly, building a team, creating and presenting a plan, gathering feedback and then putting the plan into action to inspire and educate. In supplying these kits and showing these schoolchildren how to make the bracelets, Alexandria is not only providing a way for the children to support their community, but is also teaching them lifelong skills that they will be able to use throughout their life.
On behalf of DMC, I’d like to extend a huge, “WELL DONE” to Alexandria!