Letter From Yvonne Hirsch

Over the holiday weekend, two women walked their dogs at Sutter Elementary. They later returned to the school and stole flowers from the planters. All was captured on the surveillance camera.

Some of the flowers were planted by a Brownie Girl Scout troop of seven- and eight-year-olds who wanted “to make the world a better place.” They spent months planning and used their cookie sale earnings to purchase supplies.

During debriefing with their Troop Leader, they asked questions and expressed feelings of confusion, outrage, and sadness. In the end, the girls joined hands in their Brownie Circle to acknowledge their loss, to hope people make better choices, and to reaffirm their own commitment to take positive actions.

In spite of the two adults who showed a disregard for the feelings and property of others, these young girls will continue their journey to become “girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”