“Bring a Hero. Be a Hero.” This was the theme chosen by the Girl Scouts of Troop 40092 when they decided to throw a school dance. The scouts — all fifth-graders at St. Giles School — invited all the girls in their school to “bring a hero” to a delightful night of music, dancing and friendship. 

After a fall afternoon spent packing meals for hungry children around the world, the girls resolved that they’d invite their guests to “be heroes” too. In lieu of purchasing tickets, all guests of the dance were asked to make a voluntary donation to charity. The troop selected Feed My Starving Children, a national organization devoted to relieving world hunger, and Shriners Hospital for Children as the charities to which all the proceeds from the event would be given. 

On Saturday, Feb. 25, over 150 people joined the party, raising nearly $3,000 to help suffering children in our city and around the world. 

“We had a great time. Hope this becomes a new Giles tradition!” remarked one guest hero. “A wonderful time for a wonderful cause,” said another. Speaking on behalf of the troop, Colleen Duffy and Mary Schmitz (both 11 years old and residing in Oak Park) said, “Thanks to all who came out and donated. You have helped the children at Shriners Hospital and provided meals to starving children.”

Claire Noonan

Oak Park

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