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Girls Inc. takes group to nation's capital

May 08, 2009

On Thursday, April 23, Girls Inc. of Washington County participated in "Capitol Hill Take Our Daughters to Work Day." The organization took six girls to Capitol Hill to shadow a congresswoman for the day.

After driving to Shady Grove, the group took the Metro to Washington, D.C. This, in itself, was a new experience for some of the girls.

Once in D.C., the group went to the Capitol Visitors Center, where the girls received information about the day and goodie bags. The girls heard from Cindy Hall, president of Women's Policy, Inc.; April Osajima, director of public policy for Girls Inc.; Lidia Soto-Harmon, deputy executive director, of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital; and Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Okla., co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. Around 9 a.m., the girls were off to start their day.

The girls had many different experiences throughout the day. Lafazia Harris saw President Obama in the Capitol Building commemorating the Holocaust.

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Taylor Barnhart, who shadowed Fallin, said, "Mary brought me down to the voting floor and let me vote for her!"

Taylor was not sure what they were voting on, but remembers voting "Yes."

The day came to an end when the girls met with Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisc., for a time of sharing and reflection.

Girls Inc. of Washington County is a nonprofit organization in the West End of Hagerstown. For more than 60 years, the organization has been providing opportunities for girls in Washington County.

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