On Friday, March 3, the weather was glorious and sunny as 220 very excited three, four and five year old students from Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet School made the school’s traditional annual trek down Garden Oaks Blvd., across N. Shepherd Drive and into the Sears, Roebuck & Co. parking lot.
The students were escorted by their teachers, school administrators, HISD Police Officer Lee and Officer Garcia, Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct One Officers and many, many parents.
A few of those walking alongside the children were Principal Dr. Lindsey Pollock, Nurse Cheri Edwards, as well as teachers Rebecca Scott, Terah Kuhnen, Elida Perez, Susan Morris, Sara Harlan, Suzanne Powers, Irene Lezaun, Donna Raines, Adriana Garcia, Patricia Dore and their Teacher Assistants.
Despite dire warnings of rain, the Girl Scouts of Emerald Oaks Community enjoyed a wonderful camping weekend at Camp Myra Pryor, nestled along the Colorado River between El Campo and Columbus, Texas, last weekend. Some Troops camped all weekend with three Troops tent camping and others enjoying rustic cabins for the weekend, and yet other Troops came only for day camp on Saturday.
The camping weekend was given a Hippie 60’s Day Camp theme by Emerald Oaks’ Girl Advisory Board, who also designed a beautiful patch and tshirt for attendees.
The day began with a flag ceremony executed by Junior Troop 122214 led by Troop Leader Toni Vega. Next came a variety of activities the girls rotated through, including firebuilding (facilitated by Marianne Oliverez, volleyball and sand castle building down at the Colorado River’s beautiful white sand beach (facilitated by Toni Vega), craft stations (headbands facilitated by Corrie Davis and Elizabeth Navejar), creation of a “Peace Wall” (facilitated by Kathy Armstrong) and during Songs and Games, Scouts were taught songs by the mother-daughter team of Nancy and Shannon Boone.
Girls were able to try their hand at canoeing on the brand new lake at Camp Pryor (facilitated by the certified instructor mother-daughter team of Elizabeth Villarreal, Ariel Briceno, Allison Villarreal and Abby Villarreal) or archery (facilitated by certified archery instructor Cindy Clayton) and the girls really burned some energy on the inflatable obstacle course and while rolling around inside enormous bubble balls.
Jennifer Kurtz, Matt Carey, Cindy Trevino, and Safiyyah Bilal also worked behind the scenes at camp and it showed! Many hands worked for hours ahead of time to make the weekend possible, but the E.O. Community Leadership Team of Alice Bohlae, Sandra O’Guynn and Angela Richard really covered every possible angle.
400 girls and 300 adults participated in the camping weekend – and that is a huge number of people to move to activities in the rain, on dirt roads and paths, fit into canoes, and move through the archery range smoothly.
Kudos to these strong, experienced and miraculous volunteers! Smiles were seen in every quarter. Girl Scout events usually have a service project, so this weekend Girl Scouts created craft bags to be donated to Memorial Hermann for children and their siblings who have appointments there and this activity was organized by Vanessa Hernandez.
Yvonne Woolard served as wandering photographer to provide every troop with a group photo as well as many more wonderful shots of the day’s adventures.