Ink Spots – eNewsletter September 2008


Wachovia Foundation Commits to Girls in Science & Technology

Recognizing the need to educate girls in science and technology fields, the Wachovia Foundation answered the call by making a $25,000 donation to the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) initiative.

“The Girl Scouts have a long history of providing engaging educational programs for girls throughout North-Central Alabama,” said Bob Gates, regional president for Wachovia in North Alabama, Birmingham and Memphis, Tenn. “The Wachovia Foundation STEM initiative will help groom the next generation of science and technology leaders in this community and we are pleased to support this program.”

Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to STEM activities that are relevant to everyday life. Whether they’re discovering how a car’s engine runs, becoming math whizzes, or learning about careers in STEM fields, girls are moving into the future. They can host science fairs, design Web sites, plan for space exploration, discover the field of meteorology, visit geological sites, and more. Through activities such as building robots, learning how to launch their own rockets or creating a Web site, the Wachovia Foundation STEM initiative helps girls build strong foundations to meet the growing need for skilled science and technology professionals worldwide.

Council Happenings

The Power of the Penny!

Girls in North Alabama participated in the Penny Power program hosted by Regions Bank in Huntsville. Troops in North Alabama received piggy banks and their first money for the banks as part of a lesson on saving money.

Girl Scouts and GEMS

You’ve heard the old adage “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” The Girls Engaged in Math and Science (GEMS) program gives girls a whole new reason to be interested in diamonds – like their carbon make-up, for example. GEMS strives to encourage girls’ interests in math and science. Several GSNCA Girl Scouts had a day filled with fun, excitement, and learning at the GEMS event held in Birmingham. Hosted by UAB, specially-trained GEMS teachers from Alabama helped girls, 8th through 12th grade, explore the fields of math and science.

Making Strides!

Look what Girl Scouts are accomplishing in their communities!

Katie Packard, a 6th-grade Cadette from Huntsville, one of only 250 middle-school students from across the country, has been selected to attend the Jr. National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. in October. “I feel Girl Scouts has taught me a lot about leadership, character, and believing in myself,” said Katie. “I have learned to put others first; I have also learned to ask questions, listen to the answers, and work together in a group.” Katie’s mother, Debbie, credits the Girl Scouts to Katie’s success. “In the six years that Katie has been involved with Girl Scouts, I have seen her grow in character, courage, and confidence. She takes an active leadership role in the troop and encourages the younger girls towards success. Her teacher nominated her for this honor based on Katie’s maturity, strength of character, service to others, and leadership abilities. These attributes are qualities that Katie has had nurtured by her involvement in Girl Scouts.” Katie is also in the All-City Choir, and has earned her Junior Aide and Junior Leadership Pin. Congratulations Katie!

Want to Hear from Your Senior Staff?

Now you can! Once a month, the Senior Staff of GSNCA will host a conference call from 10-10:30 AM and again from 6-6:30 PM where you can call in and ask us questions! To participate, you will call 800-264-8432 and put in the following access code: 114184#. We look forward to hearing from you! Calls will take place on the following dates:

October 16
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June 18
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