My Russian Coins

My Russian Coins

By Lizzie Butts, 8th grade, August 2011

A few years ago, my friend’s family went to Russia on a mission trip. I was sad when they left, but my family hosted a party for them when they returned 18 months later. When I saw my friend again, I warmly welcomed her back with a hug then she surprised me with a present. She gave me some Russian coins!

I have two coins, and can you guess how much they are worth in US money? One coin is worth an eighth of a penny. Since I have two coins they are worth two-eighths of a cent. These coins are the same size as a US dime but it the color of a penny. I keep these coins, along with other coins that are special to me, in my jewelry box.

I will never get rid of these coins, for they are precious to me. They are my treasures.

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Girl Scouts

After completing my training as a GS leader, I am pro Girl Scouts. They have research numbers that say that if a girl will stay in Girl Scouts for 5 years she will not try drugs, under-age drinking or experience teen pregnancy. Add to that good Christian adults in leadership in our local troop and our girls should have strong values, leadership skills, and self-confidence.

The Girl Scout leadership model is the premiere leadership organization for girls in the world.

There are badges for every topic under the sun.

Grades K-1 are Daisies; they learn the Girl Scout law and how it applies to life.

Grades 2-3 are Brownies; they earn Try-its -4 activities chosen from 6

Grades 4-5 are Juniors; they earn Badges -6 activities chosen from 10

Grades 6-12 are Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. They earn Interest Projects choosing 7 activities from 12.

Girls can choose outdoor adventure, animal projects, learning about careers, expansive craft skills, and more that I cannot remember now.

Here is link to the interest projects for grades 6 and up.

What else do you want to learn about Girl Scouts?

Cookie Time is coming

Girl Scout Cookie Time is coming.

I’m in Denton County TX and Creekside Girl Scouts and my two girls start selling cookies on Friday, January 8th. Contact us if you’d like to order your favorites.

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Looking for Girls grades 5th to 7th

Go on a journey of

  • Outdoor Adventure to develop character
  • Build Confidence in yourself and others, where we will find
  • Courage to try new things and
  • Make the world a better place.

We will try …

  • Kayaking
  • Archery
  • Hiking
  • High Ropes
  • Horseback Trail Riding
  • Exploration
  • Camping
  • Cooking
  • and having fun together!

You will try new things that you may not have time to do in high school or college. You will improve your leadership skills and discover your community service interest!

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10 Famous Homeschoolers

1. Agatha Christie. Agatha was a painfully shy girl, so her mom homeschooled her even though her two older siblings attended private school.

2. Pearl S. Buck was born in West Virginia, but her family moved to China when she was just three months old. She was homeschooled by a Confucian scholar and learned English as a second language from her mom.

3. Alexander Graham Bell was homeschooled by his mother until he was about 10. It was at this point that she started to go deaf and didn’t feel she could properly educate him any more. Her deafness inspired Bell to study acoustics and sound later in life.

4. If Thomas Edison was around today, he would probably be diagnosed with ADD – he left public school after only three months because his mind wouldn’t stop wandering. His mom homeschooled him after that, and he credited her with the success of his education: “My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint.”

5. Ansel Adams was homeschooled at the age of 12 after his “wild laughter and undisguised contempt for the inept ramblings of his teachers” disrupted the classroom. His father took on his education from that point forward.

6. Robert Frost hated school so much he would get physically ill at the thought of going. He was homeschooled until his high school years.

7. Woodrow Wilson studied under his dad, one of the founders of the Southern Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS). He didn’t learn to read until he was about 12. He took a few classes at a school in Augusta, Georgia, to supplement his father’s teachings, and ended up spending a year at Davidson College before transferring to Princeton.

8. Mozart was educated by his dad as the Mozart family toured Europe from 1763-1766.

9. Laura Ingalls Wilder was homeschooled until her parents finally settled in De Smet in what was then Dakota Territory. She started teaching school herself when she was only 15 years old.

10. Louisa May Alcott studied mostly with her dad, but had a few lessons from family friends Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Can you imagine?


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Cookie Time is Here!

Girl Scout Cookie Time is Here.

Creekside Girl Scouts and my two girls in Denton County, TX
start selling cookies on Friday, January 8th.
Contact us if you’d like to order your favorites.