Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Changing Lives One Project at a Time, All #BecauseOfGirlScouts

Every day, Girl Scouts work to change the world around them, one Gold, Silver, and Bronze Award project at a time. Because of these girls’ contributions, families in need feel loved, bullied children feel included, and schools are improved so students thrive. Yep, all of this and more #BecauseOfGirlScouts! Today we’re celebrating the anniversary of our partnership with craft retailer JOANN, so we’re highlighting four incredible Gold Award Girl Scouts who’ve dedicated their projects to using arts and crafts to create something special for the people around them. Changing lives—it’s the Girl Scout way!

Girls crying in the school bathroom should be a thing of the past, so Girl Scouts are fixing it.

Girl Scout Troop 5487 and artist Ayssa Monks painted a mural in the girls’ bathroom at Joyce Kilmer School. Their goal? To provide words of encouragement to young girls who often retreat to the bathroom when feeling upset, angry, or sad because of bullying. Our favorite words of encouragement: 

“You are BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem, & SMARTER than you think.”

Junior Girl Scouts choose NICU for Bronze Award project.

Sick babies are getting much-needed emotional support thanks to Troop 5033’s #gsBronzeAward project. Each G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ in the troop united at a local hospital to hand sew 20 tiny pillows and create over 60 laminated crib cards for babies’ isolettes.

Local girl earns Girl Scout Gold Award.

Girl Scout Jaylen set out to help families facing unexpected pregnancies for her Gold Award project. Impressively, she researched and designed 75 colorful TAG (touch, affection, and gift) blankets for newborn babies. And she didn’t stop there. To reach even more families, Jaylen also created a guide explaining the benefits of TAG blankets and how to make them. Brava!

Stitching it together: Milford teen earns top Girl Scout award.

How did Mikayla earn her Gold Award? By creating the ultimate sewing club for 12 inaugural members! She saw a need, filled it, and made an impact in her community by donating the aprons the girls sewed to a local women’s shelter. You go, G.I.R.L.!

And there’s more where this came from! JOANN and Girl Scouts are encouraging G.I.R.L.s to lead lives full of creativity and adventure. Like Girl Scouts, JOANN believes in the power of every girl, so it’s giving access to awesome DIY project inspiration, an exclusive loyalty card, and cookie booth and troop meeting space. We’re grateful to JOANN for all of its support. Learn more about the JOANN/Girl Scout partnership.