Bronze Award Honorees: Junior Girl Scout Troop 6651 took over The Don’s Wood Fired Pizza in Cascades Market Place to host a pizza-making session for students from The Aurora School in Leesburg. Photo courtesy/Barbara Fink.
Junior Girl Scouts earn bronze: The members of Cascades-based Junior Girl Scout Troop 6651 earned a Bronze Award for planning and hosting a learning session focused on pizza making during Autism Awareness Month (April).
The troop crafted the session especially for students from The Aurora School in Leesburg, a learning center for students ages 2 to 22 with autism or other conditions who may be unable to reach their potential in a traditional classroom setting.
Aurora Director Jennifer Lassiter taught a class for the Scouts in advance of the pizza project to help them understand the communication challenges experienced by youngsters with autism. To help the Aurora students learn life skills, the Girl Scouts taught the pizza-making session in a “learning kitchen” set up like a home kitchen.
Waleed Zarou, owner of The Dons’ Wood-Fired Pizza in Cascades, helped the Scouts learn how to make pizza and donated the supplies for the project. The girls worked on the Bronze Award project with the guidance of troop leader Susie Harding.
From the Loudoun Times