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Going for the gold
Krohn stages rummage sale to benefit CHS
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

April 26. 2013 9:19AM
Laken Krohn has a huge heart for kids. And now she’s going to do something to benefit them: she’s staging a rummage sale.

But Krohn isn’t going to pocket the profits for herself. Instead, she’s organizing a rummage sale over two separate weekends to benefit the Children’s Home Society of South Dakota, a Sioux Falls-based agency that serves more than 2,000 children annually. The majority of these children, primarily ages 4-13, are victims of severe abuse or neglect.

Last fall, Krohn, 17, interned at CHS’s Loving School Library, where she read to the kids and helped them with their homework assignments. The internship was in progress about the same time she was being urged to begin work on her Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. The Gold Award is designed to challenge Girl Scouts to change the world – or at least their corner of it.

And that’s what Krohn hopes her months of collecting, sorting, folding and tagging items to be sold at the rummage sale will accomplish.

When she first proposed the idea to CHS assistant principal Erin Schons, they set a goal of $500.

“I immediately raised that to $750 – no questions asked,” Krohn said.

But as the boxes stack up in the basement of her family’s home in Rowena, Krohn is optimistic that she’ll meet that goal, if not surpass it.

“The amount of donations I received has been immensely wonderful,” said the 2013 Brandon Valley High School senior.

All it took to collect 55-plus boxes of donated goods was a text she sent out to about 15 of her friends, including Girl Scout Troop 50488 Leader Tracy Stephens. Her mom Lesley also put out a call for donations.

“Two weeks later in my basement, I could barely walk around it,” she remembers.
“And if there’s only $10 in each of these boxes, I’m getting $550,” says Krohn.

But the blonde-haired Krohn believes she can double her goal of $750.

“I know it sounds big, but I raised $1,500 myself to go to Europe,” she said. She’s also conducted a rummage sale for her Girl Scout Silver Award, raising money for children in Haiti.

“I’ve raised it before and hope people want to help me raise money for this wonderful organization,” she said.

From past rummage sale experience, Krohn knows that not everything will sell. So she plans to donate any leftover baby clothes to area daycares. And a fellow Girl Scout working toward her Silver Award, has requested any books that don’t sell.

“Not everything will sell,” she says. “So I’m hoping to help people that can’t even afford to come to a rummage sale.”

She’s holding the rummage sale over two weekends: April 26-28 and June 7-9. Krohn said she’ll gather more items for the June sale.

Krohn has had a long association with the Girl Scout program, starting as a first grader.
She’s remained with the organization alongside best friend, Malle Stephens, the daughter of her troop leader, and also a 2013 senior at Brandon Valley.

“We’ve pushed each other along even though we know it’s not the cool thing to do in high school,” she said.

But Krohn defied the stereotyping, and has been a longtime volunteer through the program. She’s also ventured to summer camps and last year, traveled abroad to Europe.

This fall, she’ll begin classes at Northern State University in pursuit of a degree in social work and psychology.

“These kids touch my heart,” she says.
What: Benefit rummage sale for Children’s Home Society’s Loving School Library literacy program

When: April 26, 3-8 p.m.; April 27, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; April 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; June 7, 3-8 p.m.; June 8, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; June 9, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: 48256 E. Hwy. 42, Brandon

Donations: Laken is also accepting monetary donations. They may be set to: Laken Krohn, 48256 E. Hwy. 42, Brandon, SD 57005.

Laken Krohn, a senior at Brandon Valley High School, marks items for her upcoming garage sale, which doubles as a project for her Girl Scout Gold Award and for the benefit of the Children's Home Society. Submitted photo

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