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AAUW goes on a scarecrow walk

Nancy Heins-Glaser

Special to the Village News

There are scarecrows among us: It is one way to introduce those in the community to AAUW and scholarships for women and girls. This year's scarecrows were noted civil rights activist Rosa Parks and actor Audrey Hepburn. Many group scarecrow vignettes welcomed visitors to interact.

This years' scarecrow days also include a scavenger hunt with a " Fallbrook gift basket" to the winner.

The AAUW's involvement began when artist BJ Lane and myself decided to create Marie Curie six years ago as an opportunity to support mentors and mentees through significant women in history.

This is also in support of AAUW 's mission and goals of establishing equity and inclusion for girls and women.

Past AAUW Scarecrows (and artistic sculpturettes) have included Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Harriet Tubman, Sonia Sotomayor, and Greta Thunberg.

AAUW Mentor Patty Carlson helped explain Rosa Parks was missing from a recent documentary about undersung women heroes, so AAUW scarecrow participants began the development of Rosa's likeness to support a more indepth narrative through Fallbrook scarecrows and sculpturettes. Carlson was fortunate to have met Ms. Parks while the civil rights icon was alive. As the book title suggests "We Are The Change."

For AAUW mentees and mentors alike making a scarecrow is fun and a great collaboration activity - even before school started in August, they worked on the Ursula figure and the students saw the finished product on the rooftop at 100 Main during Fallbrook Scarecrow Days.

The scarecrow tour about town worked well! The mentees are already planning their creative scarecrows for next fall.

Thanks to the scarecrew and Jackie Heyneman, with other originators LeNita Hague and Bev DeVilbiss, the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce and our businesses, Scarecrow will continue on.


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