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Friday, April 18, 2014


Girls Scouts learn from man’amko

Meryalen Conrad, left, shows the girls scouts how to weave palm fronds into a basket. (Clarissa V. David) About a dozen Girl Scouts received weaving lessons from the man’amko when they made their first visit to the Aging Center yesterday morning.

The young girls, age 5 to 10 years old, learned how to weave palm fronds into baskets and mwar mwar, among others.

Five-year-old Maimai Peters said she made a key chain that she gave to her cousin, Pheona David, 11. Both girls said they found the activity fun and enjoyable.

President Tania P. David and vice president Laila Boyer of the Girl Scouts of the NMI led Wednesday’s young participants who also had the chance to listen to stories from the island’s elderly.

David said in an interview that they brought the girls to the center because they wanted them to participate in an activity that promotes community involvement and meaningful interaction.

“What better way for the Girl Scouts to learn than to interact with our man’amko who have been around for so long. Weaving is also something new to them so you can really see in their eyes that they’re enjoying it,” David told Saipan Tribune.

She said that through the activity, the Girl Scouts of the NMI was able to impart to its members lessons regarding island culture and tradition, going green, morals, and values.

David said the visit to the seniors is only one among the many activities the group has lined up to mark the 101st anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA this year.

The largest organization for girls in the world, Girl Scouts of the USA aims to “build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”

According to David, they aim to expose the girl scouts to a learning experience at least once a month. The frequency is expected to increase in the summer when their members are on vacation from school.

Saipan Seniors Advisory Council president Maria T. Salinas said yesterday’s event was a welcome mixture of the young and the old, which she hopes will happen more often.

“The activity is good not only for the children so they can learn something while they’re young but also for the man’amko so they get a chance to interact with other people,” she said.

Besides Salinas, the seniors who taught the Girl Scouts how to weave were Meryalen Conrad, new center clients Festie F. Billy and Paulina M. Remengesau, and Terry Sitae.

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