SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A troop of Scottsdale Girl Scouts is hoping to raise more than just money with this year's cookie sales. They're also hoping to raise self-esteem and confidence among their fellow students.
Girl Scout Troop 2136, made up of 5th graders at Cheyenne Traditional Elementary School in Scottsdale, has been working on a school-wide community service project inspired by the movie “Wreck It Ralph.”
In the movie, Ralph learns to love his villainous self, and realizes: “There’s No One I’d Rather Be Than Me.”
The Girl Scout troop sold more than 1,200 boxes of cookies to fund the project, which sends the message that every student is unique and special, and that it’s cool to be different. The goal was to build self-esteem and confidence among the student body population.
To carry out the campaign, the troop produced more than 1,000 buttons that say “There’s No One I’d Rather Be Than Me.”
“I liked seeing all the students wearing their buttons and having fun," Girl Scout Courtney Cole tells us. "This campaign is something different that we’ve never done before, and I think the students really like it.”
Students received a button once they signed a pledge at tables set up before and after school. The pledge stated: “As a Member of the Cheyenne Community, I Believe I am Special. I Believe Different is Good."
“This campaign is to build self-confidence for our students here at Cheyenne so they can feel more confident with themselves and spread the message that ‘There’s No One I’d Rather Be Than Me.'" says Girl Scout Morgan Karam.
This campaign is a unique spin on traditional Girl Scout activities, and it touches on many social issues facing students today, including bullying.
The girls were inspired by a boy named Mattie Stepank, a young boy faced with many physical challenges who left a footprint on others through poetry and a message of learning about your own "heart song".
The girls applied parts of a Girl Scout program called "Uniquely Me" to build confidence, and promote the belief that it is great to be different.
“It’s already been a success," says Girl Scout Elsa Davis. "We knew it from the start. So many students wanted to sign the pledge.”
“It fills my heart with joy knowing that we are helping students at Cheyenne realize that being different and special is cool," Girl Scout Jessica Rizor tells us.
“I will remember the whole experience," says Girl Scout Kristen Nurenberg. "Being on the Cheyenne news, working our pledge tables and bonding with my friends.”
The troop's message has touched many in the community. In fact, an anonymous donor gave the troop $500 to continue to spread the message that: “There’s No One I’d Rather Be Than Me."