Our deepest sympathies go out to all the victims of the devastating school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Eight Daisy Girl Scouts and two boys from Girl Scout families lost their lives.
Girl Scouts of the USA’s CEO Anna Maria Chávez writes:
I know that all of us stand with our sisters at Girl Scouts of Connecticut as they endure with courage and strength this unspeakable tragedy, and I am heartened by the fact that we are developing girls who will lead our society to solutions and approaches that will prevent such tragedies in the decades ahead.
Your girl may reach out to victims’ families and Girl Scout survivors through the Connecticut Trefoil Project. First, get a piece of paper shaped as a trefoil. (Download a pattern here.) Next, let your Girl Scout write her thoughts, prayers, poems, or words of encouragement on the trefoil.
Mail the trefoil to:
Girl Scouts of Connecticut Office
340 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Your Girl Scout’s trefoil will be presented at a Girl Scout memorial service in mid-January. A statement on Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s website thanks everyone for showing support during this “especially trying time.”
Resources for Parents
American Red Cross
National Association of School Psychologists
“Talking to Children About Violence”
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
“Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after Traumatic Events.”