Monday, January 7, 2013

Girl Scouts Coast to Coast - January 7, 2013

Today's Coast to Coast is a mixed bag of Girl Scout Cookies, STEM initiatives and care packages for service members. Check it out!
  • In South Carolina, The Times and Democrat reports that Friday, Feb. 8, has been designated National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Girl Scout councils will be working to remind the public what a cookie can do through PSAs, social media and video campaigns. Purchases of Girl Scout cookies go to benefit girls in your community. A box of cookies can go toward funding camp for inner-city children, cheering up soldiers overseas and helping girls learn the importance of managing money.
  • In Illinois, the Daily Herald reports that more than 5,300 girls and their family members attended the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program kickoff Saturday where the buzz was all about learning to take payment via credit or debit card. All you need is a smartphone or iPad to which you connect a small device to swipe the cards. Customers then get an email, not paper, receipt.
  • The Philadelphia Tribune reports that Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., an African-American sorority founded amid segregation and educational injustice, has joined a unique program spearheaded by Girl Scouts of the USA to provide a new approach to getting middle and high school female students more interested in STEM-related coursework and possible careers. As part of the program, the Girl Scouts have crafted an encompassing website, http://www.girlscouts.org/imagineengineering, which breaks down the seven major engineering disciplines — aeronautical, biomedical, civil, electrical/computer, environmental, industrial and mechanical/design — and provides a breakdown of each specific discipline while giving advice how to approach the industry.
  • Amarillo Globe-News, TX, reports that six female engineers from B&W Pantex will host an engineering workshop for Girl Scouts on Jan. 12. The Smart Cookies program encourages middle school and high school girls to pursue careers in engineering with introductions to electrical, mechanical, civil and chemical engineering. It includes team-building activities that emphasize communication skills and a question-and-answer session.
  • Florida's Palmetto Bay News reports that members of Girl Scout Troop 714 recently completed a special project to benefit American soldiers overseas by participating in the “America’s Moms for Soldiers” program. The troop sent 68 care packages to people in the military. Alexandra Flinn, whose daughter is one of the Girl Scouts involved in the project, said that gathering the items to send to soldiers had special meaning for them.