Newtown, Connecticut – Girl Scout Daisies

GSMW Blog — Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming @ 5:10 pm

A message from the CEO of Girl Scouts U.S.A.

Dear Girl Scouts,

I write to all of you with a heavy heart. Indeed, words cannot express the sorrow I feel over the loss of life as a result of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. I, like everyone across the country and around the world, was shocked by the terrible tragedy and have grieved for the children and educators who lost their lives, and for the entire Newtown community.

On Sunday, I learned that eight of the twelve girls who died were Girl Scouts and that two Girl Scout families lost sons. The girls were Girl Scout Daisies who wore their uniforms proudly. 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.

So we forge ahead, now more than ever committed to our mission of serving girls, and we do so even as we mourn this devastating and unfathomable loss. May those who perished and their families always remain in our thoughts and prayers, especially as we gather with our own families during this holiday season.


Anna Maria Chávez
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts of the USA

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  1. Flicker aka Lissa Alfred says:

    Such a moving letter from Anna Chavez;however, it should be posted on the GSUSA website along with every GS council’s web page for ALL to see.

    Is there something that all of us can do to help our fellow scouts? Is there someone at council that letters can be sent too?
    Please reply

  2. Marianna Robles says:

    A moment of silence for our Girl Scout sisters lost on Friday. On behalf Girl Scouts of Orange County, I send out my love.

  3. Kristina Valcarce says:

    On behalf of Daisy/Brownie Troop #5786 of Greater Los Angeles, we send our love and support to all those affected by this terrible tragedy.

  4. Dixie Pevoto, Troop Leader, # 2510, says:

    I’m the Troop Leader 8 Daisies-and so very proud. They have made a Valentine (with their own little hands) so that it can be sent to the Girl Scouts of New Town. But, I don’t know where to send it. Can someone help me out. Thanks for any assistance that you can give us.

    Dixie Pevoto

  5. Dixie Pevoto, Troop Leader, # 2510, says:

    There was a comment for “awhile” that said re: my first request/message “awaiting moderation”. I didn’t know what that meant, but I think I do now. Shall I just go ahead and send the valentine to you in Montana? Thank you for helping us. Dixie