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Girl Scouts march to observe 100th anniversary

CONYERS -- A sea of girls dressed in Daisy blue, Brownie brown and Girl Scout green will march across Parker Road bridge Saturday afternoon to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.

June Blanche, troop leader for Troop 27532, said the march over the bridge symbolizes the Girl Scouts' move into the next century.

More than 200 girls from Rockdale and Newton county troops -- from Daisies to Ambassadors -- are expected to participate in the march that will begin at the Conyers Municipal Complex on Scott Street, cross the bridge on Parker Road and end at Wheeler Park on Parker Road.

According to the city of Conyers, Parker Road bridge will be temporarily closed to traffic from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. as the girls make the crossing. Motorists are advised to avoid this area during this time. Barring any unexpected delays, the bridge should reopen no later than 3:30 p.m.

According to Blanche, Saturday's event will culminate in a celebration at Wheeler Park with refreshments and activities for girls and their families.

The Girl Scouts was founded in Savannah by Juliette Gordon Low, better known as Daisy, who held the first meeting of the Girl Guides on March 12, 1912. A year later the name of the organization was changed to what is now known as Girl Scouts.

Low's mission was to encourage girls to be competent, self-confident, civic minded and sociable young citizens.

The public is invited to walk with the Girl Scouts on Saturday to show their support for the organization and its principles.