The WBIR Torch Run Thursday benefited United Way and some of the runners took a leg of the relay to show support for a specific United Way agency. One group ran for the Girl Scouts.

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The WBIR Torch Run Thursday benefited United Way and some of the runners took a leg of the relay to show support for a specific United Way agency. One of those groups ran for the Girl Scouts.

The troops start their meetings with the Girl Scout Pledge and then dive into the day's activities.

At Lonsdale Elementary School, Patricia Robledo and Sharon Fields enjoy leading the troop and seeing elementary school students grow.

'We trust ourselves," 10 year old Cristina Francisco said. "We follow the rules, laws of Girl Scouts."

Juana Francisco added, "You can do a lot of exciting stuff that any other Girl Scout can do."

That's thanks to support from Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians and the United Way who make possible the Girl Scout experience for those facing financial challenges.

"They can't wait to go on outings and do activities and they have come together as a troop really, really well," Girl Scout Troop Leader Patricia Robledo said.

They just earned their art badge which included creating their own mural and taking a trip to check out murals in downtown Knoxville.

"We went to the Visitors Center. We looked around town to see pictures on the wall," Juana said.

Cristina said, "We went to go look at pictures on buildings."

Patricia Robledo said, "And then on way back to Lonsdale Elementary School the girls were looking out the window and pointing out murals that I hadn't even seen so for me it was neat to see that something had clicked."

The Girl Scout experience reinforces positive values.

"Like being respectful and being kind and being helpful. They're doing magnificent about it. They're taking what they are learning at Girl Scouts and applying it at home and at school and with friends," she said.

Cristina summed it up. "Every day we have fun stuff to do."

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