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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • Girl Scouts make blankets and earn Silver Award

  • A group of pre-schoolers were wrapped in brand new and super soft blankets on Monday as they gathered in a circle to listen to the Weik sisters read stories.
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  • A group of pre-schoolers were wrapped in brand new and super soft blankets on Monday as they gathered in a circle to listen to the Weik sisters read stories. The Weik sisters, Jenny, 12, and Hayley, 14, are Girl Scouts in local Troop 74. As part of the scouts, the girls have completed their community project, making new blankets for the DART preschoolers in order to earn their Silver Award, the second highest award achievable in Girl Scouts.
    The blankets are pieces of fabric tied around the edges. Each blanket takes about 45 minutes to complete, the Weik girls said. The girls made most of the blankets themselves but also held a Blanket Making Party at the Simply Dance studio and got friends to help. The girls were working on their Silver Award and so they could perform the community project with the help of others. To earn the Gold Award, Betty Weik, the girl's mother said, Girl Scouts have to do that project all on their own.
    The projects are all about giving back to the community, Weik said. Being involved in, and contributing constructively to the community is a part of what Girl Scouts is all about.
    There were big stacks of plush, comfortable blankets, 30 in all, on a table at the preschool Monday afternoon. There was something for everyone's taste; there were blankets with San Francisco Giants emblems, Disney princess patterns, camouflage and also blankets with stars.
    The blankets seemed to be well received by both the students and the teachers. Some of the little girls grabbed a blanket, rolled themselves up, and cooed at how soft and snuggly they were. Some of the boys grabbed blankets and used them as covers or capes as they slithered along the ground.  
    One of the teachers had a blanket wrapped around her too, trying to stave off the chill of the air conditioning unit.
    One of the teachers, Haley Bridges, said she was unaware of the gift by the Weik girls until they showed up with the blankets on Monday.
    Hayley Weik said the project for the blankets was actually the completion of a project started by a former Troop leader. Jenny Weik said the girls had a successful blanket-making party and wanted to thank their friends that helped at the party. These friends included Stephanie Albert, Grace Haddock, Mallory McDaniel, Addison Lambert, Isabel Alvarez, Annie Ostrom, Melissa Bergh and Dawn Haddock. The girls also wanted to thank Simply Dance where the party was held and where the Weik girls have studied dance for most of their lives.  
    Betty Weik explained the girls are still trying to raise money to cover the cost of the materials. Walmart has already donated and the girls are looking for other generous donators. To donate or for more information, call Betty Weik at (760) 377-0071.

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