Monday, September 19, 2011

New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte Joins Discussion on Girl Scouts

In New Hampshire, The Hollis Brookline Journal reports that Patricia Mellor, CEO, and past president Anne Edwards of Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, joined U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte and U.S. Representative Frank Guinta to discuss issues of concern to girls and Girl Scouting as part of a national initiative known as Girl Scout District Congressional Advocacy Days.

Ayotte, a former Girl Scout, thinks Girl Scouting is important for girls because it teaches them teamwork and to work hard, self-reliance, and civic responsibility and community service.

In recent years, Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains focused its advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., and on the local level on a range of issues affecting girls’ healthy growth and development, including raising awareness about bullying, eating disorders, and advocating for healthier media images of girls and women.

Through Girls Rock the Capitol, a Girl Scout legislative internship, high-school age girls work side-by-side with women legislators to learn about the democratic process from inside the State House.

Last year, Girl Scouts helped advocate for the passage of HB 1523, which updated state laws requiring schools to have policies against bullying, and added cyberbullying.