Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Girl Scouts Coast to Coast - February 19, 2013


Today's Coast to Coast turns the spotlight on World Thinking Day, engineering, derby cars and much more. Check it out!

In Illinois, the Post-Tribune reports that on Presidents Day, about 100 girls in second through sixth grades spent part of Monday tackling an assignment that tested their engineering and math skills, as well as their creativity. Members of the Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Girl Scouts participated in a first-time event to Introduce a Girl to Engineering, hosted by Northern Indiana Public Service Co. and organized by the Developing and Advancing Women at NiSource (DAWN).

The Middletown Press, CT, reports that World Thinking Day on Feb. 22 is a chance for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the world to celebrate international friendships while participating in events and activities with global themes to honor sister Girl Scouts around the world. The theme of this year’s World Thinking Day is girls worldwide say “together we can save children’s lives.”

In Georgia, Girl Scouts have found a new way to support our deployed troops. WTVM 9 reports that the service members will enjoy cookies this spring from a program called Operation Cookies from Home. Until March 10, you can buy cookies and donate them to the girls to ship to the troops.

According to The Saline Reporter in Michigan, Girl Scout Carolanne of Ambassador Troop 457, a junior at Saline High School, and a former Mackinac Island Honor Scout, and Sarah of Cadette Troop 442, an eighth-grader at Saline Middle School and also a former Mackinac Island Honor Scout, recently visited the African home and gravesites of scouting movement founders Lord and Lady Baden-Powell in Nyeri, Kenya. The girls also visited the Girl Guide Council of Kenya in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, during a family safari vacation to Kenya over Christmas break 2012.

Nevada's Reno Gazette-Journal reports that Girls Scouts can race pinewood derby cars with the best of them, and Reno Troop 150 just held its annual Derby Day complete with 42 race cars and a food drive to boot. The girls spent six months training and building cars for their event, which was held on Feb. 9 at Brown Elementary School. Cars of all types took to the track. One looked like a Hershey bar on wheels. Troop 150 has been working on its bronze award, and the girls combined their race day with a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Members of the troop volunteered at the Food Bank to learn more about how hunger affects their community.

In Wisconsin, The Chippewa Herald reports that Counselor Luke Fedie spoke with a section of audience members Saturday in one of the classrooms of the Stanley-Boyd Middle School. He gave a presentation on cyberbullying as part of the Girl Scouts workshop against bullying.