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March 1, 2005 > World Thinking Day Celebrated at DeVry University

World Thinking Day Celebrated at DeVry University

by Nancy Rose

Over 50 girl scouts and parents chatted and shared a pizza dinner at DeVry University's campus in Fremont on Feb. 22 preparing to participate in World Thinking Day. This Girl Guide/Girl Scout activity, created in 1926, is designed to form relationships and enhance understanding of different cultures across the globe.

Each year, a theme is chosen and scouts are encouraged to communicate with each other and focus on how others face basic global issues. This year, the theme was "food." DeVry University helped the scouts communicate with others around the world by hosting the dinner and providing use of their computers. The gathering also served as a kickoff for a food collection effort called "Together We Can Feed A Village" that will be coordinated with the annual Girl Scout cookie drive decorating empty cartons used to hold cookie boxes and locating them at local schools April 11 - 15 to collect food for those in need.

Wayne Anthony, director of Outreach Services at DeVry and Norma Melone, Dean of Academic Support Services, welcomed the girls and cautioned them that although computers were available for their use, DeVry students would be sharing the computer lab since final exams were imminent. The girls, ages 11 - 17 years old, were exuberant, but well behaved as they began to explore the world of food through cyberspace.

Some scouts brought recipes to share while others chatted through the Internet using email messages. DeVry preloaded websites that allowed scouts to identify innovations and problems concerning food production, distribution and nutrition. Many visited the websites of organizations that focus on feeding the hungry and participated in an online scavenger hunt. Scouts earned a special 2005 World Thinking Day patch, custom designed by DeVry University, to recognize their participation.

Anne Damron, Girl Scout co-coordinator of the Coyote Hills Association of Newark and Fremont, was pleased with the enthusiastic turnout. She praised DeVry's participation and noted that DeVry student and liaison, Lynn Coleman was especially helpful. Troop Leader, Leanne Aboumrad encouraged her scouts to spend the day "thinking about others."

The Coyote Hills Association includes 127 registered troops of scouts from kindergarten through 12th grade, is a division of the Girl Scouts of the San Francisco Bay Area. The coordination of this large group is under the supervision of Anne Damron and Denise Kuskamp.

In addition to hosting World Thinking Day, DeVry University is offering scholarships valued at $2,000 per semester to incoming first-year students who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award that a Girl Scout ages 14-17 can earn. The scholarship is worth up to $18,000 toward the completion of one of DeVry University's associate or bachelor's degree programs.

For more information on the Girl Scouts, contact Anne Damron at (510) 791-6416. For DeVry's Director of Outreach Services Wayne Anthony, call (510) 574-1262.

 
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