Monday, January 31, 2011

Weekend Run-Down

From The Power of Girls to a Gift of Caring, there are many examples of Girl Scouts doing great things all over the country:
  • Oklahoma's Tulsa World reports that Sixteen year-old Kelsey Parrott has done created a sustainable reading program that encourages parental involvement for Elementary students in her community. At the launch of her project, Parrott hosted a pajama party at the school. She brought together teachers, school administrators and Tulsa librarians to participate. "She's wise beyond her years," said Stephan Sargent, a reading methods professor in the College of Education at Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow and Kelsey Parrott's Gold Award sponsor.
  • The Knoxville News-Sentinel, TN, reports on program called The Power of Girls - Girl Scouts partnership with CARE, Seventeen Magazine and The Documentary Group. Through The Power of Girls, girls are connected worldwide and mobilized around important global issues, including the critical role that education and leadership play in addressing poverty. At the heart of The Power of Girls is a pledge that places particular focus on raising awareness of the barriers that prevent girls from going to school in developing countries, including lack of funding for school and supplies; gender discrimination; and chronic poverty that pushes girls into the work force at an early age. The goal is to collect 50,000 pledges by International Women's Day on March 8.
  • North Carolina's reports that Girl Scout troops in Onslow County took in the sights, sounds and tastes of all 50 states Saturday - all without leaving Jacksonville.
    The 50 scout troops within the county, nearly 500 girl scouts, came together to celebrate Girl Scout World Thinking Day, an annual tradition celebrated by scouts worldwide to learn about other places.
  • In Texas, Montgomery High School junior and Girl Scout Ambassador Katy Balli held a camp to teach elementary school children tennis to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Ultimate Conroe reports.
  • Alabama's Atmore Advance reports that local Girl Scouts are hoping that the sale of cookies this year will help send them to camp. This year the Girl Scouts are asking the public to share a “gift of caring,” that will be delivered to the Girl Scouts and donated to local senior citizen centers, women’s and children’s shelters, food banks, family crisis and abuse centers, and other charity organizations.