girl scouts in action
Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts of Citrus Council’s six county area are featured in the media (newspaper, TV and radio) frequently. Some of our Girl Scouts have been helping others in their community. In either case, our Girl Scouts are in ACTION!
One Brownie’s Quest — Neena Shimada, age 8, began a service project in her neighborhood during the summer of 2008. The city had installed a school crossing sign at the corner of Old Cheney Hwy. and Glendale Street. Neena’s oldest brother couldn’t access the crosswalk in his wheelchair. He had to wait in the street and weave through the cars when they were stopped by the crossing guard. Neena called Commissioner Fernandez’ office about the dangerous situation at this crosswalk and how we needed to slow down cars and put in a sidewalk. In December Neena went before the Board of Commissioners to report on her project. She then met with Mr. Curi, Senior Engineer and Mr. Miller, School Safety Engineer to see what could be done to fix the situation. Since then at the engineer’s suggestion, blinking crosswalk lights were put in as well as sidewalks.
To commemorate the completion of this project, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently with Neena’s troop,` Dr. Pamela Lennox, GSCC CEO, Mr. Curi and Mr. Miller in attendance. Neena was extremely proud of the project that she felt was important enough to make it her “Brownie Quest.” Because of Neena’s determination this neighborhood crosswalk is handicapped accessible and safer for all the children and adults in the Little Lake Barton Shores area. 10/21/10
Troop 7066 (Friendship Service Unit) took time out to dig in the dirt and plant flowers as part of the Girl Scout Forever Green Project. With their family and friends, the girls helped to green up Grace Landing in Kissimmee. Grace Landing will continue to provide a home for teenagers that age out of the foster care system. Great job ladies!!
Girls in Junior Girl Scout troop 779 (Evergreen Service Unit) collected stuffed animals and children’s books to be sent to a children’s hospital in Haiti.
Daisy Troop #2133 (East Orange) collects a can of food as part of their meeting dues then donates it to ‘Eastwood CAN!.” Eastwood CAN! is a monthly food drive for the residents of the Eastwood community. Since September 2009, the troop has collected approximately 150-lbs of food. The food is donated to the local food banks for needy families. Several of the Daisies have also helped with the food collection within Eastwood.
Taking action is St. Margaret Mary Catholic School Troop 1168 from the Tignabruich Service Unit who recently donated $2,000 of troop funds to Haiti relief. The troop had been earning the money for a troop trip but instead voted to donate the funds to help Haiti recover from the recent earthquake.
Girl Scout troop to plant tree at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
Grabbing shovels that are bigger than they are, 11 young Daisies and Brownies planted a 10-foot-tall live oak tree on the grounds of Florida Hospital Fish Memorial at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17. The girls, ages 6 to 9, are members of Girl Scout Troop 1456, based in Deltona.
“When I suggested that we take on a project that would leave something for others to enjoy, the girls were very excited,” said troop leader Kim Boger, a registered nurse at the hospital. “This group is very active in the community. I always tell them to reach for the highest star and be the best they can be, and they have never disappointed me.” 7/2011
World of Girls Journey
Brownie troop #1348 from the East Orange Service unit completed their “World of Girls” Journey book this past May. In their journey book the girls learned about girls from all over the world and enjoyed the stories in it. The girls follow the “clues” from this Journey to learn about childhood illiteracy. In early May, our Brownies were visited by Sarah and Sharlene from Just 1 Book in their meeting. This organization (Just1Book.net) provides new and gently used books to several communities and even schools in our Central Florida areas. The girls were touched by learning that some kids in our areas do not even have books at their homes and have difficulty reading. Our Brownies swiftly “took in to action”. They gave out Just 1 Book handouts, shared what they learned and collected more than 200 books by early June. It was great to see our Brownies Discover about Girls and childhood literacy, Connect with each other and our community and Take Action by collecting the donated books to help make a difference in our area. 7/2011