Housing Authority Programs Focus on Healthy Eating, Choices
by Jennifer Ireland
This past year, five Tuscaloosa Girl Scout troops participated in a life-changing program hosted by Girl Scouts and the Tuscaloosa Housing Authority. Approximately 100 girls ages 5-15 were enrolled in this program and met bi-weekly for several months at a local Housing Center. Each year, the programâ€™s message changes to focus around a different current event affecting the country. This year it expanded upon First Lady Michelle Obamaâ€™s healthy eating, choices and exercising campaign. Several guest lecturers, two field trips and community service projects helped reemphasize and teach this message.
Interactive Financial Literacy Seminar Teaches Budgeting, Taxes
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama & GSNCA hosted an interactive financial literacy seminar to prepare girls and leaders to make good financial decisions. Girl Scouts in 7th through 12th grades in Jefferson County schools learned how to complete a W-4, the importance of good credit and how to build it.
Cookie Season to start December 31!
Get ready, your favorite cookies are coming soon! Pre-orders begin on December 31 and run through the beginning of February. Booth sales begin on February 11 – just in time to buy a sweet treet for Valentine’s! Booth sales will last until March 5th. If you have trouble locating cookies in your area, you will be able to use the Cookie Locator feature on our website to find them!
Fed Up with Media Images Your Girls See Everyday? Join our Twitter chat!
GSNCA and BeautyGirlMag.com will host a virtual conversation on Twitter on Thursday, November 18 at 7 PM on the importance of media images in todayâ€™s society and how they affect our youth. To participate, log on to Twitter (if you donâ€™t have an account, sign up prior to November 18) and search #beautygirlchat (make sure to include the #). Weâ€™ll kick off our chat with questions and weâ€™ll discuss how this issue is affecting our youth and how we can take action. Also make sure you follow @GirlScoutsNCA to get the latest information from GSNCA!
The following girls have earned their Gold Awards recently. These girls put in many hours of planning, research and hard work to earn these awards. Congratulations on your accomplishment!
Hannahs church needed some basic carpentry repairs, cleaning out a storage area and painting. For her Gold Award project Hannah chose to give her church, Hollis Memorial, a â€œshot in the arm in both cosmetics and spirit. She recruited some help to clean out a room that had been used for storage, paint, power wash and truly give the church a facelift. A mural was painted in one of the rooms that will be used for Sunday school.
Morgan chose to hold a Fun Fitness Field Day because she wanted to educate children and their parents on ways to prevent childhood obesity and how proper fitness makes for a healthy lifestyle. She planned several events where she had various speakers to talk about how the participants could improve their health & offered fitness demonstrations. Morgan also created a pamphlet to educate them on healthy living.
Brandy wanted to make a difference in her community by educating local students on all aspects of photography, how to use a camera and related professions. The course was offered twice a week for four weeks. During the sessions, she brought in professional photographers, took the kids on field trips around the community to take pictures and also taught them how to scrapbook their photos for their memories.
Lauren wanted to educate children about autism. For her Gold Award project she created an educational cartoon video about autism. â€œI hope people can gain a better understanding of autism. I hope people of all ages will watch, especially our younger generation, because they are the ones that count and truly are the ones who can hurt other children with their words and actions.
Joy Rosa Jackson
Joy Rosa wanted to make a difference in the lives of local children attending the Boys and Girls Club programs. By developing an empowerment program and collaborating with professionals in the community, she educated the children on many options they have when choosing a career path and pursuing their dreams. She and fellow Girl Scouts, along with volunteers from the Jack and Jill of America organization, held mini-seminars that related to career fields.
For her Gold Award Project, Jaime Maze planned and led a full day camp helping girls in 6th through 12th grades deal with insecurities and self esteem. Jamie chose this project because she found herself challenged with shyness and insecurity. An educational discussion along with karaoke and crafts provided a day where girls could realize that they can overcome shyness and insecurity.
Alexandra recently earned her Gold Award with her project “Care for the Critters.” The purpose of Alexandra’s project was to reach out to the community, especially younger children, to teach them how to properly care for their animals. Her project was aimed at animal abuse and neglect, education and prevention. Alexandra’s project was successful because she used fun, interactive techniques to engage children in learning about this topic.
Ambassador Girl Scout Jennifer Tramutolo of Winfield recently earned her Gold Award by creating a Memory Wall in Winfield City Park in hopes of raising awareness of Girl Scout efforts in her community. Jennifer also made stepping stones leading up to the wall with the Girl Scout Law engraved into them. Jennifer learned through this project that she needed to be more patient especially with brick-laying! .
Women of Distinction Nominations Being Accepted
This spring, the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama will host their annual Women of Distinction Luncheons in the Central, North, East and West areas of Alabama. These luncheons are unique opportunities to celebrate women who have made special contributions to their community through civic, church, academic or professional involvement. Nominees should have a record of community involvement and be a positive role model for past, current and future Girl Scouts. Each region also recognizes a special Lifetime Achievement Award. Please use the nomination form provided on the website and include as much information about your nominee as possible. Nominations are due by November 22. Visit www.girlscoutsnca.org/WOD and then click on your area’s event for the nomination form. For questions, please contact Julie Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org, at (800) 734-4541 x1030.
Calling All Alumnae!
Were you one of 50 million women who was a Girl Scout? Reconnect with the premier organization for girls, the one that helped you become the successful woman you are today. If you are interested in reconnecting to the Girl Scouts, please click here to give us your information. Also, as our 100th anniversary quickly approaches, we are trying to collect our histories. We want to know about your past area events and projects, your trips and awards. Please send old photos, written memories and other scrapbook-type items to email@example.com. You can mail items to 105 Heatherbrooke Park Drive, Birmingham, AL 35242. Stay tuned for our 100th Anniversary celebration plans!