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South Park to get new Girl Scout troops (which means more Girl Scout cookies) this fall

By Hayley Fox
Published: Monday, March 04, 2013, at 11:05AM

Say goodbye to any sort of Girl Scout cookie shortage in DTLA, as a new troop is forming this fall in the South Park neighborhood.

A new Girl Scout troop is forming in South Park this fall, moving downtown L.A. one step closer to becoming the family friendly community some of its residents are striving for.

Ginny Brideau, who will be one of the Scouts troop leaders, said that this will be the first Girl Scout group in DTLA since the '60s. The organization will be open to all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade, and the Scouts will meet at a location in South Park.

An informational meeting for anyone interested in the Scouts is being held on March 27 at 6 p.m. at Kid City South Park. According to their Facebook page, 79 people have already RSVPed for the event.

Brideau said the community response to the new Girl Scouts contingent has been strong and as the process continues, they will be looking for sponsors to help cover the costs of the program -- such as arts and crafts.

The program is expected to start in the 2013 to 2014 school year, coinciding with the scheduled opening of the new elementary school also slated for South Park.

Last month the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education voted to allow DTLA parents to continue their push for Metro Charter Elementary School, which is meant to accommodate the growing population (and kid population) of DTLA.

Many parents living Downtown end up moving out of the area when it's time to enroll their kids in school, or enroll their kids in schools in surrounding communities. Metro Charter aims to combat this by being "a walkable school for the neighborhood" that would eventually accommodate kindergarten through 5th graders.

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