In order to the get girls interested in the reading and writing badge, we invited a local author – Monique Polak – to come and talk to our girls about writing. She read us a few bits from one of her books: “Pyro” and I have been passing around “Finding Elmo” so that any girl who wants to can have a chance to read it.
You could tell that the girls were really interested because they were all crowded around her chair instead of sitting in our typical horseshoe or circle. They had great comments, many of which she wrote down for her own blog post.
She gave them practical advice about reading lots, writing lots, never giving up and most definitely not robbing any banks. I always think it is valuable for the girls to meet inspiring people – especially women – from our own community. It shows them than anything is possible!