It's barely November, but Girl Scouts from across the Southwest Side got an early start on the holidays by decorating a tree at Valley Forge Park on Saturday morning. More than 100 girls--mostly grade school age, but some high school girls, as well--converged on the park in Garfield Ridge to attend Girl Scout Service Unit 275's second annual tree trimming event.
Plenty of fun, but with a purpose--to attempt to raise $500 for the Family Partnership Fund-which helps Girl Scouts in need, according to Ria Ceska, Troop Leader 20369 and Secretary and Registrar for Service Unit 275--who was a co-coordinator of the event, along with Amanda Canino.
The girls, assisted by Santa Claus and the Grinch--both of whom arrived on Jim Sircher's vintage fire truck, a familiar and favorite site in the neighborhood--hung Dr. Seuss-themed ornaments on the evergreen tree immediately east of the Valley Forge fieldhouse.
Also in attendance to show her support for Girl Scouting was 23rd Ward Alderman Silvana Tabares, the first woman ever to serve as alderman of a city ward serving neighborhoods west of Midway Airport. Event organizers said Tabares was especially welcome as a positive role model for the girls in attendance.
Well done, Girl Scouts, Girl Scout leaders and GS moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas who participated!
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