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The LEGO Americana Roadshow

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Submitted by

Tiffany Baker

Lone Tree Girl Scouts

Park Meadows Mall is hosting The LEGO Americana Roadshow April 11-26 in Lone Tree, Colorado.  This is the only stop for the roadshow in our state.  National Monuments are located on the lower level of the mall.  Have your children grab a scavenger hunt map inside the LEGO store and locate facts about each LEGO Monument.  Return to the LEGO store at the end of the hunt to submit the form for a small free poster.

There is also an area with multiple LEGO tables set up for free building fun and two racing ramps to race LEGO cars with friends.  You might be fortunate and be able to speak with a LEGO Expert visiting with the roadshow.

Our Lone Tree Brownies visited for a special “scouts only” tour on Saturday, April 11th and earned a “Block Building” fun patch (with graphics of LEGOS) that can be ordered from the Fun Patches Catalog.  There are a couple of contests open to the public, such as guessing the number of bricks used to build the Nations Capitol and for best Instagram photos taken at the event.  A free Lincoln Memorial Mini Build is scheduled for the weekend of April 18-19 (12:00-4:00).  Lines are expected to be very long (1-2 hour wait time).

Remember to visit the LEGO displays along the hallways of the upper level of Park Meadows Mall as well.  These models are smaller in scale from the monuments, but have more detail including the famous LEGOS movie characters and Mount Rushmore.  Enjoy!

Highlands Ranch Girl Scouts’ Commitment to Caring

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Submitted by Katy Herstein

Highlands Ranch

Denver Metro

For the 2014/2015 school year, SU 616 and SU 619 in Highlands Ranch developed a program called ‘Commitment to Caring’ for their troops to participate in. In the fall of 2014, the two Service Unit Managers picked seven different ‘themes’ for the Service Unit troops to care about.

September – Hygiene Drive for Project C.U.R.E.
October – Toy Drive for the Denver Santa Claus Shop
November – Book Drive for Colorado Reads
December – Ink Cartridges for Recycling
January – Blanket Donations to the Children’s Hospital Denver
February – Pet Supplies to the Humane Society
March – Food Drive for the Fresh Harvest Food Bank

Each month, items were dropped off at SU meetings and at the homes of the SUMs.

‘Commitment to Caring’ main patches were given to each girl participating in the program (even if it was for only one month) for $4. Add-on themed patches were handed out for the items that the girls donated.

Much to our surprise and excitement, the program was an overwhelming success and we will be running the program again in 2015/2016!

Contact us if you’d like to do something similar in your SU – we’d love to share our plans and our lessons learned, etc.

Download the flier.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Shoot like a girl! (Right on target) at this day camp

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Submitted by Alissa Bishop Skinner

Aurora

Denver Metro

Come join us for a totally unique adventure day camp for girls 12 and older. Learn rifle, shotgun and archery skills in a safe and supportive setting at beautiful Cherry Creek State Park. Taught by certified instructors. This isn’t your ordinary day camp!! Register by 5/31 by sending an email to gscoshootingcamp.

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Brownies earn Computer Expert Badge

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Submitted by Tiffany Baker

Lone Tree

Troops 59 & 1226

My Girl Scout daughters chose to work on their Brownies Computer Expert Badge at our local Microsoft retail store on Saturday, April 11, 2015.  Their thinking was that it might be fun to earn this badge while working with the latest technology.  They were right!

The Microsoft tech opened with sharing a little history about the evolution of computers with parent input.  Then, the girls learned how to paint a picture using a computer art program, take a world adventure picking different countries to explore, and how to play Mojang for more computer fun.  Girls learned about fun new computer programs and where some computer experts are that they can speak with if they have any questions.

As a Troop Leader, I would recommend troops with a few girls attend this event together or with their parents.  These classes are free and can have a number of participants requiring girls to share the technology.  Maybe speak with your local Microsoft store to see if they can schedule a private class, if attending with a larger troop.  The Computer Expert Badge was a two-hour class and adults were asked to remain in the store during the session.  Each participating Girl Scout received a completion certificate, Microsoft goodie bag, and fun patch.

Thank you Microsoft for providing these unique learning opportunities for our youth!

Congratulations to the Bronze Award Recipients March 2015!

  

Bronze_Award_Starburst_HRAll of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Our annual spring celebrations are now in full swing! Friends and family are invited to attend any of the following celebrations. Please RSVP for all events online: girlscoutsofcolorado.org/highest-awards-rsvp

Northern & Northeastern Colorado (Loveland), April 24th. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before April 20th.

Northern Colorado (Boulder), April 26th. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bridging Celebration, RSVP before April 20th.

Denver Metro (Arvada), April 28. Silver and Gold Recognition (Bronze encouraged to attend), RSVP before April 15th.

Western Slope (Grand Junction), May 1st. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before April 24th.

Pikes Peak (Colorado Springs), May 15th. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before May 5th.

Bronze Award Recipients March 2015

Troop12143 -Glenwood Springs

Bronze

Amanda McGill

Brielle Spencer

Ella Lindenberg

Faith Savage

Hannah Traver

Kendra Pedersen

Macey Schipper

Maria Carlson

Oyanza Rangel

Rhaya Carmichael

Sophia McGhee

Troop13273 -Clifton

Bronze

Ceceilia Trujillo

Troop13273 -Grand Junction

Bronze

Amethyst Correa

Angeline Francis

Kendalle Costello

Madison Liles

Savannah Powell

Troop14196 -Grand Junction

Bronze

Maili Haraway

Troop14643 -Grand Junction

Bronze

Kirsten Parks

Troop24422 -Cortez

Bronze

Alexandra Abeyta

Aspen Foster

Aubree Sharp

Caitlynn McKnight

Emma Jones

Emma Ward

Laela Whitecotton

Troop40969 -Colorado Springs

Bronze

Ahlia Kilgore

Alyssa Frescaz

Angelina Johnson

Ayane Cool

Elena Tamosaitis

Emma Daily

Jessie Pranti

Jillian Mustain

Kayla Rear

Lilian Ford

Madison Cline

Stephanie Duderstadt

Trinity Romero

Troop42166 -Colorado Springs

Bronze

Cadence Craft

Josephine Zotter

Meghan McMahon

Troop43399 -Colorado Springs

Bronze

Ella Kuenzli

Hannah Murtha

Kadence Grimm

Lea Willette

Lydia Phillips

Miahna Fallentine

Rebecca Anderson

Sarah Fogle

Troop43841 -Colorado Springs

Bronze

Mya Hill

Troop51359 -Westminster

Bronze

Corinne Roe

Dawna Holsapfel

Faith Francisco

Giada Rosch

Itzel Ochoa

Josephine Roe

Maria Martinez

Megan Marrs

Rebecca Southern

Willow Wilson

Troop60769 -Castle Rock

Bronze

Avery Weiss

Carly Bell

Emma Lamb

Holly Kirkpatrick

Kendall Kobbe

Laura Cusinato

Lilli Herbon

Sydney Craig

Trista Montague

Troop62426 -Littleton

Bronze

Anika Lindahl

Jill Hansen

Lauren Bostwick

Lynsey Claybough

Mae Stirrup

Sophia Hopson

Troop63891 -Highlands Ranch

Bronze

Abigail Barstad

Aimee Albury

Brianna Minifie

Christina Friesen

Claire Price

Ellissa Martinez

Grace Galligan

Hannah Hughes

Kaitlyn Caviness

Lillia Murphy

Lily Price

Michaela Cain

Olivia Betts

TROOP70274 -Longmont

Bronze

Sarah Mearing

Troop70720 -Fort Collins

Bronze

Alexis Lightner

Troop74446 -Longmont

Bronze

Victoria Purkiss

Troop79747 -Fort Collins

Bronze

Kaley Scott

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients March 2015!

  

Silver AwardAll of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Our annual spring celebrations are now in full swing! Friends and family are invited to attend any of the following celebrations. Please RSVP for all events online: girlscoutsofcolorado.org/highest-awards-rsvp

Northern & Northeastern Colorado (Loveland), April 24th. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before April 20th.

Northern Colorado (Boulder), April 26th. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bridging Celebration, RSVP before April 20th.

Denver Metro (Arvada), April 28. Silver and Gold Recognition (Bronze encouraged to attend), RSVP before April 15th.

Western Slope (Grand Junction), May 1st. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before April 24th.

Pikes Peak (Colorado Springs), May 15th. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before May 5th.

Silver Award Recipients March 2015

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Silver

Geneva Ascher

Kalina Macias

Lillian Tobias

Littlepage Green

Nicole Choma

Savannah Halvorson

Troop40923 -Colorado Springs

Silver

Cydnee Hild

Troop43580 -Colorado Springs

Silver

Alissa Taylor

Troop43841 -Colorado Springs

Silver

Allison Nelson

Isabella Reilly

Troop50020 -Westminster

Silver

Caitlyn Horst

Haley Rountree

Troop51427 -Lakewood

Silver

Taylor Sich

Troop52869 -Arvada

Silver

Brianna Wolle

Kathy Linz

Keaton Maring

Skylar Koch

Troop60370 -Larkspur

Silver

Aimee Lee

Emily Hammen

Georgia Strimenos

London New

Olivia Oxley

Troop62159 -Centennial

Silver

Alexa Wade

Annastasia Keepper

Marie Keepper

Sabrina Rugg

Troop73019 -Fort Collins

Silver

Alanna Jones

Troop79747 -Fort Collins

Silver

Jaden Scott

 

Hearts Across the Miles: Thank you to Colorado Girl Scouts

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Thank you to all the Girl Scouts who participated in “Hearts Across the Miles” again this year. The program sends Girl Scout Cookies to deployed service members.  We received the following note from one of the soldiers who received the care packages,

The Girl Scouts of Colorado-

We received three VERY large packages in the mail today filled with boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and other items.  THANK YOU!  Your generosity is very much appreciated.  We are an Army Veterinary Detachment stationed at Naval Support Activity Bahrain, consisting of 3 officers and 6 enlisted soldiers.  We are responsible for food safety and defense of DoD activities in Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia and parts of Kuwait.  We also provide routine and emergency medical care to Military Working Dogs in Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.  Although we are not truly forward deployed, we are stationed here unaccompanied without our families.   Your generous gifts were shared with our fellow Airmen and Sailors in Bahrain, UAE, and Oman. 

I personally appreciate your efforts as my daughter is a Girl Scout in Fairbanks, Alaska. 

We will be mailing out a thank you to the Girl Scouts of Colorado.  The kids pictures and letters are hanging up for the public to see in our Veterinary Clinic here in Bahrain. 

Again, thank you. 

Sincerely-

CPT(P) Kubat

 Noel Kubat, DVM

 

Christina Bear awarded inaugural $1,000 Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to announce that Christina Bear, 2015 Gold Award recipient, is the first-ever winner of the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize. Christina from Golden officially accepted her award on Monday, April 13, 2015, which was also Day at the Capitol for Girl Scouts of Colorado. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives broke from traditional business to honor the 50 Girl Scouts from across the state who are receiving the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, this spring.

Christina earned her Gold Award for organizing a week-long summer program for Latino students at the Horizons Summer Program at Colorado Academy. Through informal learning in computer and robot programming and mini-science experiments, students were engaged and excited about technology. Christina was selected as the winner of this $1,000 cash prize by an independent panel. The Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize was made possible through a generous gift to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Endowment by Girl Scouts of Colorado President & CEO Stephanie A. Foote. Of Christina’s project, prize committee members said, “We are delighted at the quality of Gold Award projects we reviewed this year and we are thrilled to award the inaugural Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize to Christina Bear whose project exemplifies community impact through leadership.”

Christina receives this honor along with four other Gold Award recipients, whom prize committee members determined were deserving of Honorable Mention. They are: Emma Coffey, Madeline McWhorter, Mikayla TerLouw and Kelly Winn. Emma Coffey from Thornton designed a video series, shown during the school’s weekly video announcements, to get kids thinking about topics like budgeting and savings. Colorado Springs Girl Scout Madeline McWhorter created a cookbook for Tri-Lakes Cares Food Bank, using ingredients that are primarily donated to food banks. In Grand Junction, Mikayla TerLouw encouraged family literacy and increased the number of parents who participate in reading-related activities with their children. Kelly Winn from Sedalia built a miniature library at the Sedalia Museum and Gardens for community members and visitors to exchange books, articles and magazines. “These projects are exceptional examples of sustainable impact through leadership. I am proud to recognize all Girl Scouts whose Gold Award projects have made a lasting impact,” Foote said.

The Gold Award culminates with a project led by one young woman between grades 9 through 12 who builds a purpose-based team to work with the larger community to meet a need. The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The Gold Award has been part of the Girl Scout program since 1916. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and these young women exemplify leadership in all its forms,” said Foote. “They saw a need and took ownership of helping to develop a solution and took action to make it happen. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership is making the world a better place.”

The following Colorado Girl Scouts are among the 50 statewide who will be receiving the prestigious Gold Award for the 2014-15 Girl Scout year:

  • Elizabeth Acker from Monument, Palmer Ridge High School, built a six station “Fitness Course” around the perimeter of her high school. She wanted to create an energizing space where anyone could go and exercise for free.
  • Jordan Arnell from Centennial, ThunderRidge High School, organized, supplied, and decorated a library for children at St. Elizabeth’s School in Denver, a low resource private school.
  • Nina Asher from Greenwood Village, Cherry Creek High School, took children from the Boys and Girls Club in Denver on a hike near Boulder, Colo. They learned about weather, forest fires, animals, habitat and safety.
  • Grace Atchison-Reynolds from Parker, Valor Christian High School, used the healing power of music to lift the spirits of residents at local assisted living facilities. She arranged for weekly concerts, calling upon her own personal network of musicians.
  • Linda Baker from Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain High School, encouraged girls to get excited about STEM subjects. She created Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter pages for the Colorado FIRST Lego League website.
  • Christina Bear from Golden, Colorado Academy, hosted a week-long summer camp to increase interest in STEM, especially among Hispanic students.
  • Alexandria Bellas from Colorado Springs, Pine Creek High School, organized a science event for girls in grades 6-8 that brought together exhibitors from across Colorado.
  • Kit Bernal from Falcon, Falcon High School, created supplementary art education and a curriculum for a local homeschool association.
  • Kayla Bernstein from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, planted a garden for all the residents of the Medallion Retirement Community.
  • Kirsten Brandes from Parker, Chaparral High School, designed the curriculum for a series of workshops that fostered self-worth and self-esteem in teenage girls. She presented the workshops to groups around the state.
  • Jonnae Byas from Colorado Springs, William J. Palmer High School, refurbished the garden at the Medallion Retirement Community.
  • Rebecca Clark from Colorado Springs, Rampart Range High School, organized a clinic to teach the basics of color guard to middle school students.
  • Emma Coffey from Thornton, Mountain Range High School, designed a video series, shown during the school’s weekly video announcements, to get kids thinking about topics like budgeting and savings.
  • Isabella Colosimo from Golden, Ralston Valley High School, assembled kits for children who, because they have Cystic Fibrosis, have to spend a lot of time in the hospital.
  • Mackenzie Crawley from Colorado Springs, Doherty High School, leveraged her love of learning and reading, and her experience volunteering at her local library to bring a sustainable tutoring service and a mini lending library to her church.
  • Madison Daniel from Highlands Ranch, ThunderRidge High School, captured and preserved the stories of what’s become known as the “Greatest Generation.”
  • Chiara Degenhardt from Ouray, Ouray High School, channeled her love for science and the outdoors into a project to benefit Ridgway State Park.
  • Bree Denbow from Arvada, Ralston Valley High School, used an old suitcase to start a book exchange at a local park.
  • Catherine R. Donohue from Broomfield, Broomfield High School, built a chicken coop to help people better understand chickens and their needs. She also helped improve the quality of life for these animals, an outcome that was evidenced when her chickens moved in and immediately started laying eggs.
  • Nelly Grantham from Thornton, Horizon High School, created a sustainable program for supplying personal hygiene items to homeless families and those in crisis.
  • Madison Haneke from Castle Rock, Castle View High School, made more than 100 blankets for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at three local hospitals.
  • Jessica Hild from Colorado Springs rebuilt benches at Camp Alexander. She also organized volunteers to help build five new benches.
  • Rachel Jeffries from Lone Tree, Valor Christian High School, carried out a food drive with an inspirational twist. After collecting food, she enlisted the help of volunteers to add stickers with a positive quote or saying to each item.
  • Mikayla Jewell from Colorado Springs, Vista Ridge High School, helped make a softball field safer not only for her team, but other athletes as well. She also taught younger athletes how to stay safe on the field.
  • Madison Keith from Highlands Ranch, ThunderRidge High School, created a sustainable food pantry for pets.
  • Katherine Ketcham from Gunnison, Gunnison High School, hosted a STEM Day at an elementary school. Students learned about biology, chemistry, and physics.
  • Megan King from Centennial, Grandview High School, organized a recycling program at Jackson Lake State Park. Her efforts resulted in the collection of 1,800 pounds of materials in the first year.
  • Sarah Kriner from Peyton, Falcon High School, matched her passion for reading with her love of nature. She designed a bird center at her local library. Her project draws birds, which adds to the appeal for children to go to the library.
  • Mattie McGarey from Louisville, Fairview High School, started a blog to help young girls (especially dancers like herself) recovering from eating disorders.
  • Madeline McWhorter from Colorado Springs, Pine Creek High School, created a cookbook for Tri-Lakes Cares Food Bank, using ingredients that are primarily donated to food banks.
  • Elise Melhado from Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain High School, created a reading-friendly environment in the Partners in Housing Colorado House. She redesigned a room to better suit the space for a children’s reading space, in addition to initiating a regular reading days with the children.
  • Ariel Powers from Littleton, Mountain Range High School, was inspired by a very personal tragedy to create a club called BIONIC, which met regularly to discuss the whys of bullying and how to stop it.
  • Kelsey Quick from Salida, Salida High School, is the first Girl Scout from Salida to earn the Gold Award since at least 2000. For her project, she created a website and other materials to help children who have been cyberbullied.
  • Lyndsay Ruane from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, wanted members of her community to be better prepared when disasters strike, so she organized an emergency preparedness fair.
  • Dana Ruby from Lone Tree, Highlands Ranch High School, organized and ran a large clothing event at Warren Village, a transitional housing organization in Denver. At this event, the child residents could use tickets to “buy” clothing while in a store atmosphere.
  • Sarah Santilli from Erie, Erie High School, was inspired by her volunteer work ata local hospital to organize a blood drive, which saved 72 lives, and put together a list of potential future donors for Bonfils Blood Center.
  • Lauren Schneider from Fort Collins, Fossil Ridge High School, designed the Medbug, a small, stuffed creature perfect for snuggling. She directed teams of volunteers, who helped create and distribute 450 Medbugs to pediatric patients at local hospitals.
  • Rachel Schneider from Fort Collins, Fossil Ridge High School, provided area hospitals with 600 soft and comfortable pillowcases to make patients feel a little more at home.
  • Lesleigh Stabo from Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch High School, created a program to help students transferring to a new high school feel more comfortable and get information they need.
  • Brianna Talbot from Larkspur, Castle View High School, helped teach children in her community about poverty.
  • Mikayla TerLouw from Grand Junction, Palisade High School, worked to encourage family literacy and increase the number of parents who participate in reading-related activities with their children.
  • Vani Topkar from Lafayette, Fairview High School, taught people about Bharatanatyam, an Indian form of classical dance.
  • Madeline Walden from Larkspur, Castle View High School, built a vertical garden for the Douglas County Outdoor Education Facility.
  • Lydia Waterman from Littleton, Heritage High School, made kits to help patients at Littleton Adventist Hospital feel more at home.
  • Kelly Winn from Sedalia, Castle View High School, built a miniature library at the Sedalia Museum and Gardens for community members and visitors to exchange books, articles and magazine.

 

 

 

Outdoor skills day camp: Registration now open

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Submitted by Theresa Szczurek

Register now for the fabulous Girl Scout outdoor skills day camp on Saturday May 2, 2015 in Thornton. This event is run by Senior scouts from Troop 70007. Attendees say this is the best Girl Scout event all year.  Use this link to register:

https://sites.google.com/site/gsoutdoorskillsdayscolorado/

Troop 72255 hosts animal-themed lock-in to support wild animal rescue

 

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Submitted by Edie Cheng

Boulder

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

The Juniors of Troop 72255 knew they wanted to help animals for their Bronze Award, but didn’t entirely know how. So they started with their Junior Journey, aMuSE. In aMuSE they learned about roles and role models, and tried on different types of roles. In the end after all of their discussion they decided to make a video about stereotypes and taking on different roles. They storyboarded, scripted, and acted the video themselves.

Next, they had a field trip to the Wild Animal Sanctuary to learn about wild animal rescue. They were impressed with the difficulties these poor animals had faced in their lives and wanted to help the sanctuary.

Finally, they put these two together in the form of a Girl Scout lock-in which they planned and hosted for 29 younger Girl Scouts. They planned the entire event, from the activities, to budgeting and inventories of supplies needed, to creating most of the signs, marketing flyer and other materials needed. At the event they ran the lock-in smoothly and shared their passion for wild animals with the younger girls.

In the end the lock-in made a small profit which will be donated to the sanctuary. The girls also conducted a spare change drive among friends and family, and voted to donate 5% of their troop cookie earnings as well.

Through all of the activities this year the girls grew so much and truly learned to be role models themselves to younger girls, some of whom had never experienced an overnight experience and some of whom were just starting out on their Girl Scout journey.

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