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The fourth- and fifth-graders of Girl Scout Troop 335 raised more than $1,000 for Ninos de la Luz, a nonprofit working to rescue children from Latin American streets. Here the troop presents a check to founder of the ministry, Shannon Haslett. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
The fourth- and fifth-graders of Girl Scout Troop 335 raised more than $1,000 for Ninos de la Luz, a nonprofit working to rescue children from Latin American streets. Here the troop presents a check to founder of the ministry, Shannon Haslett. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

By Andrea Papagianis

After hosting a garage sale, bake sales and a wrapping event at a local kids store, the fourth- and fifth-graders from junior Girl Scout Troop 335 raised more than $1,000 for a nonprofit aimed at getting young boys off Latin American streets.

As part of their Bronze Award project—the highest honor in junior scouts—the girls chose to raise money for Nios de la Luz, a ministry dedicated to rescuing children in Central and South America. Last week, the troop presented Shannon Haslett, co-founder of the organization, with a $1,350 check and a book, one written in Spanish, to help launch a library for rescued boys in the Dominican Republic.

“We’ve been really touched by their hearts,” Haslett said. “Seeing how they did this with so much enthusiasm and excitement has been really neat.”

For more on Ninos de la Luz, visit www.ninosdelaluz.org.

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