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ALBANY, NY (12/19/2012)(readMedia)– Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York learned on Monday, December 17, 2012 that eight of the twelve girls who died in the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy were Girl Scouts and that two Girl Scout families lost sons. The girls were Girl Scout Daisies (grades K-1) who wore their uniforms proudly. As the Newtown community begins its healing, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) would like to offer the public the opportunity to join the council in tangibly articulating thoughts and sympathies to the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Working together, we can visibly convey the enormity of the power of the Girl Scout sisterhood of support. Girl Scouts of Connecticut are collecting “trefoil art” to distribute at a memorial service in the Newtown community in the middle of January. Share a message using this TREFOIL or design one of your own and deliver to one of our service centers in Albany, Plattsburgh or Queensbury or the Halfmoon office. Trefoils can also be mailed to: Trefoil Art, GSNENY, 23 Executive Park Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065 – all art messages must be received by January 4th. For more information, email info@gsneny.org.

Anna Chavez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA, shared, “The loss of any child brings with it an especially hollowing pain; to know that all of us in our Movement shared with those girls a love of Girl Scouting makes it all the more personal-and heartbreaking. Yet 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.”

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