• Local Girl Scouts Meet Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere

    17 Oct 2014

    Members of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Junior Troop 3537 met with Mayor Harry LaRosiliere in his office located at the Plano Municipal Building on Monday, October 13, 2014. Meeting the Mayor was an honor and a key step for completing their “Inside Government” badge.

    Mayor LaRosiliere spoke with the troop regarding how city government is run and how they can be active citizens. The girls then asked questions that ranged from “why did you decide to become mayor” to “can you tell me about your kids.”

    After the discussion, the girls pledged to become ambassadors for the city of Plano, as part of the city’s Youth Ambassador Program for which the Mayor awarded each scout a certificate and badge.

    After the meeting, Mayor LaRosiliere tweeted:

    Plano Mayor’s Office (@PlanosMayor) 10/13/14, 5:10 PM

    "Met with Girl Scout Troop 3537. Thanks girls for taking the Youth Ambassador Pledge!"

    About Troop 3537
    Girl Scout Troop 3537 are first year Juniors and fourth grade students at PISD’s Gulledge Elementary and Hickey Elementary. Troop members who met the Mayor included: Cassidy Brown, Gillian Hill, Eva Myers, Devika Nair, Hayley Polkes and Maya Villanueva. Also in attendance were troop leaders Leslie Brown and Leanne Villanueva, as well as, parent volunteer Seth Myers.

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  • Stand up, don’t stand by

    03 Sep 2014

    As students begin to settle into the school year, it’s important to be aware that one-third of girls ages 12-18 have reported being bullied at school; 85 percent of the time, no one intervenes.

    The Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) is looking to change that statistic by instilling courage, confidence and character in its 33,000 members.

    “I am totally in the know about these things because I have a 6th-grade daughter,” said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of GSNETX. “Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas has been around for 102 years, and the core of who we are is about how to have healthy relationships. As we have seen girl-on-girl bullying and cyberbullying increase, Girl Scouts provides resources to prevent bullying. Troops learn teamwork, conflict resolution, how to build a better self and about positive relationships. [It’s important because] girls don’t always get that kind of character development outside of school.”

    Of the 7,233 Girl Scouts in Collin County, more than 2,400 live in Plano. Bartkowski said Girl Scouts in grades 6-8 participate in a “journey” aimed at the organization’s three keys of leadership: discover, connect, take action.

    “We have three journeys – one is called aMaze! and it’s all about healthy relationships,” Bartkowski said. “Girls go through that journey over two to three years and learn how to stand up for themselves and how to have healthy relationships.”

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  • Girl Scouts’ Golden Gals Benefit Communities

    08 Jul 2014

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    Just call them the golden girls. Local Girl Scouts Meredith Burke, Grace Cunningham, Meghan Harshaw, Ryan McBride, Susan Adelaide Moore, Farish Mozley, and Amanda White recently received the organization’s prestigious Gold Award.

    “It takes a minimum of 80 hours to complete a Gold Award [project],” explained Ana Harshaw, who leads Troop 306. “Twenty of the 80 hours must be in leadership. The project must also be sustainable and global, and the girl must be able to evaluate the impact of the project.”

    In other words, a Girl Scout must not only identify a problem — she must take measurable action in order to solve it. Take Harshaw’s daughter-turned-Troop member, Meghan, for example. Concerned after observing two years of West Nile Virus outbreaks in Dallas County, Meghan began researching preventative measures that were both natural and eco-friendly. Her final solution? Let’s just say it’s a bit, well, batty.

    “In my zip code there was a major outbreak,” Meghan recalled. “I researched how to curb West Nile and we found out that bats eat a lot of mosquitoes, so we decided to build bat houses.”

    With full cooperation from her homeowners association, Megan began building and installing bat houses for every neighbor willing to participate. For those desiring an artistic touch, she added a spray-painted Batman logo.


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