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Social and emotional skills are imperative for success in kindergarten, and Girl Scouts is filling this critical need that has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS – Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is launching a free “Make New Friends” virtual event series to ensure that all girls are prepared to start kindergarten with confidence. The COVID-19 pandemic and transition to virtual learning and activities has disrupted important educational milestones, particularly for children entering kindergarten this year. Social and emotional learning is important for success in kindergarten, and as the experts on girls’ leadership and development, Girl Scouts is uniquely poised to lead fun and impactful events that help girls make new friends while boosting their social skills, self-confidence, and experience in a classroom or virtual setting.

One of the largest girl-serving organizations offering social and emotional kindergarten readiness programming, Girl Scouts has designed a specialized, engaging four-part virtual event series that is free and open to all girls who are entering kindergarten. Girls will:

· Practice interacting with other girls, exploring new ideas, and gaining the courage to ask questions about what they see;

· Explore emotions and learn how being persistent can help them achieve their dreams;

· Use their senses to process the world around them while practicing reasoning and problem-solving skills; and

· Learn how to listen to a story, identify key characters, follow a plot line, and then share what they learned.

Tuesdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29; 6:00-6:30pm

Thursdays, September 10, 17, 24, and October 1; 6:00-6:30pm

Mondays, September 14, 21, 28 and October 5; 6:00-6:30pm

Wednesday, September 16, 23, 30, and October 7; 6:00-6:30pm

Many in-person kindergarten readiness and pre-K programs have been cancelled or modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including opportunities to meet teachers and classmates and to try out a classroom activity. Knowing that social and emotional learning and development are some of the strongest predictors of academic success and healthy relationships, Girl Scouts has designed fun activities for girls to meet these critical milestones. Events will include activities for girls to explore the solar system, create an inspiring drawing to represent their dreams and remind them to be persistent, and much more.

Enter your zip code to sign up for GSCWM’S Make New Friends event series at www.girlscouts.org/ready.

About Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts serves over 7,000 girls in grades K through 12 with the strong support of 3,800 adult members in 186 towns and cities in central and western Massachusetts. Girl Scouts’ mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Since 1912, girls have explored new fields of knowledge, learned valuable skills, and developed strong core values through Girl Scouts. GSCWM supports girls by giving them extraordinary opportunities to explore, experience and learn about their world and helps girls recognize that they are vital members of their communities.

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts serves 186 cities and towns in central and western Massachusetts including  Southbridge, Auburn, Charlton, Dudley, Sturbridge, and Webster.

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