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GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Kelsey Quick, Salida, “Say No to Cyberbullying”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I created a website for kids who are being cyberbullied where they can talk about their experience and get help. In addition, I created a unit of lesson plans for 4th – 6th grade teachers that teach what cyberbullying is, what to do about it, and how not to do it.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I came up with my project idea when I noticed that fights on social media started to carry over into my high school’s hallways as real fights. I also read stories about kids committing suicide because of cyberbullying. I wanted to do something to help.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

Through my project, I taught younger kids how to be careful and safe on the internet. I have also given kids a safe place to go on the internet if they are cyberbullied. I hope this makes a difference for a lot of kids.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

By teaching lessons to elementary students, I increased my flexibility and adaptability which will help me as I pursue a teaching degree.

How did you make your project sustainable?

My project is sustainable because my Cyberbullying Unit lesson plans will be distributed throughout school districts in Colorado. Also, my website will continue indefinitely.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Cyberbullying is the fastest growing form of harassment in the world.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The thing I will remember most about my project is the impact it will have on people. The stories that the kids shared with me about their experiences with cyberbullying really touched my heart. Also, I will remember how enthusiastic teachers were when they were given the lesson plans to use with their students.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Since I hope to become a teacher, I hope my Gold Award project will help me get a teaching job some day.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

The Gold Award is the top honor you can earn in Girl Scouts. It is the culmination of all the years of badges, projects, volunteer activities, and hard work.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Seeking Girl Scout troops to help with book drive

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Submitted by Amanda Kalina, HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op
Englewood

It is time to announce the 2015 HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op Book Drive!

Every year we receive many requests from our Learning Centers for library books that are needed for group reading. And we’d love to get friends of HOPE involved in helping us meet this need. (In fact, we appreciate all the Girl Scout troops who have helped out with previous projects over the last year….you’ve been wonderful!!!)

If you have gently used, K-12 appropriate books, please bring them to the HOPE Online office (373 Inverness Parkway, Suite 205, Englewood) to be donated. If you know of anyone who is looking for a special project, perhaps a Girl Scout troop that needs a philanthropy or a Barnes and Nobl​e​ store that is throwing out books, we would like to be the beneficiary.

The purpose of this book drive is to place books into libraries of our Learning Centers. We encourage you to forward this information to anyone you think may be interested in helping. Thanks in advance for your donation and for helping to support HOPE students! This book drive runs through the end of March.

HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op is a blended online public k-12 charter school which delivers its curriculum through community-based Learning Centers from Denver to Greeley, Leadville, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Students attend Learning Centers five days a week and rotate between online lessons and face-to-face classroom instruction. The award-winning curriculum exceeds state standards. HOPE also offers low student-educator ratios and is an accredited high school diploma program, with graduates going on to attend college at institutions from the University of Denver to the University of Northern Colorado and beyond. We serve an at-risk student population, with 8 percent of our students considered homeless and 87 percent on free and reduced lunch. Additionally, HOPE provides character development programs, including physical education, music, the arts and extra-curricular activities such as competitive sports, specialty clubs, talent shows and more. To learn more about HOPE, visit www.HOPEonline.org.

Below is a list of books we are looking for specifically, however we will take nearly anything we are given!

(Any books in these series would be helpful, but we will take anything else!)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Magic Tree House
Junie B Jones
Goosebumps
Dork Diaries
Big Hero 6
Flat Stanley
Cam Jansen
The Notebook of Doom
Dragon Masters
Amelia Bedelia
Frog and Toad
Eerie Elementary
According to Humphrey
Dory Fantasmagory
Looniverse
Choose Your Adventure Dragonlarks
Kylie Jean
Pinky and Rex
Here’s Hank
Geronimo Stilton

OTHER BOOKS:
Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-Up
Easy Reader Books– Level 1, 2, 3 (sometimes called ” I Can Read”)
Step Into Reading Books
National Geographic leveled books
Nonfiction– books and materials
Any picture books

Questions?
Melanie Stone
HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op
Director of Activities and Athletics
373 Inverness Parkway, Suite 205
Englewood, CO 80112
Office: 720-402-3016
Cell: 303-727-0315
Front Desk: 720-402-3000
Fax: 303-484-7639
hopeonline.org

Book Drive 2015

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AMERICA’S JUNIOR MIND CHALLENGE: TV casting opportunity for 7-12 year olds!  

Submitted by Linda Baker

Young brainiacs across the country are invited to sign up for a new TV competition series that will test the mental agility of the nation’s smartest kids.

Applicants should be intelligent individuals that are gifted academically, performing above their grade level. The competition will be celebratory and supportive, showcasing great young minds and their remarkable abilities, at the same time raising discussion about the educational needs of these unique children.

Regional qualifying rounds will be held across the country this summer, with successful contestants progressing to a prestigious final round in the nation’s capital. The winner will be awarded a monetary prize to assist with future academic endeavors.

Emmy nominated producers Shed Media, creators of  ‘Supernanny’, the genealogy series ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and ‘Child Genius’ have teamed up with a major broadcast network to make this exciting new series.

If you are interested to learn more or have questions about the competition, please contact: Tessa Gogol at Shed Media, email:  tessa.gogol@gmail.com or call: 310-801-6090

Loveland Juniors support literacy in early childhood

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Submitted by Lana Berning And Sierra Sikich
Loveland
Northern and Northeastern Colorado

We love reading! And we wanted to share that love with others.

We looked at our community and decided that the best way to instill the love of books was to start early, we knew that not every family could afford a lot of books, so we set out to give a book that they could keep to each preschooler in our school district.

We wanted to collect 1,500 books to give out. We met with the preschool team for the district to discuss what we wanted to do, They thought it was a wonderful way to help young children to love reading. We put together a donation letter and went to all the local bookstores asking for donations. With the help of friends, family and Book Haven (a used book store here in Loveland) We collected over 2,200 books.

WOW! we never expected to get that many. Our next step was contacting the preschools. We got a list from our contact at the school district and sent out email’s and made calls to set up days and times that we can go in to read a story to the kids and give them books. We went to all 14 preschools that are part of our school district and read Green Eggs and Ham to the kids, and since we had gotten so many more books than we set out for we were able to give each child 2 books of their own to keep.

We had many books left over which included quite a few chapter books. So we decided to donate them to Alternatives to Violence to build a library in their Safe house and to donate some to the School District to split between the preschools to have more books on hand for the kids to read and enjoy.

We had a lot of fun collecting books to share the love of reading with. It felt amazing to see all the excited faces of the preschoolers when the got their books and we told them they where theirs to keep. We hope that the many kids we read to will continue reading and enjoying all the places you can visit and adventures you can have through books.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

You are “Our” Girl Scout

 

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Submitted by Kristin Coulter

Denver

Denver Metro

Erika was one of the customers Fiona always looked forward to seeing during cookie season. Even though they only saw each other once a year, Erika always greeted Fiona by name and rewarded her with a good size order of cookies. When Fiona started selling cookies she was a Daisy and Erika was pregnant with her first child. When she returned as a Cadette last year, Erika by now had two children – two girls – and also had the news that they might be moving. Fiona took Erika’s email address and this year she contacted her at the beginning of cookie season. Last night Fiona and her mom drove the very large order of cookies from Park Hill to Centennial. Ramona, Erika’s now 4 year-old, was enchanted with all of the badges on Fiona’s vest. She had watched the cookie selling video Fiona had made and sent her mother many times so Ramona felt like she knew Fiona too. Fiona thanked them for continuing to buy cookies from her to which they replied that they will always be loyal because “you are our Girl Scout.”

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Healthy Living Conference on Western Slope a huge success

 

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Submitted by Allison Ellington
Grand Junction
Western Slope

Troop 33 from Grand Junction had some great ideas on what they wanted to learn about at an older girl conference. I met with them, we brainstormed and this Healthy Living Conference was the result. Thanks for the fantastic ideas! We had so many community partners ready to come to this and share their expertise, it was fantastic. We also had a great turnout – 35 Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors from all over the Western Slope.

We started the day off with some Crossfit training and dancing with some coaches from Kaia Fitness. The girls learned about healthy skin and how to protect themselves from the harsh sun from Rodan and Fields representative, Kristin. We had a psychologist come in and do a workshop on dealing with emotions and stress. They followed that up with making stress balls and doing some meditative relaxation. Thanks for that, Dr. Amy.

The girls loved making their own healthy lunch together while trying out some fun tools from Pampered Chef helper, Laura. Lunch was all purchased at Natural Grocers who also sent their Nutritionist, Dustin. The girls had a ton of questions for him! We ended the day with some relaxing and centering yoga with our favorite yoga instructor, Maegan. What a blast! I have heard back from girls and parents that this was a very impactful day – they had a great time and learned a ton. All of our community partners can’t wait to do this again.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Cadettes help Daisies earn “courageous and strong” petal

 

Submitted by Rachelle Trujillo
Wheat Ridge
Denver Metro

Cadettes from Troop 2510 in Wheat Ridge helped Daisy Troop 582 from Golden earn their red “courageous and strong” petal this week. They shared stories of how they have grown to be courageous and strong through Girl Scouts, helped the kindergartners make “crowns of awesomeness” and create their own superheroes. The 7th graders loved showing the way for the Daisies.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Troops team up to make blankets for blanket drive

 

Submitted by Laura Hopkins
Littleton (Acres Green)
Denver Metro

When Centennial Star and Thunder Ridge Service Units announced a Blanket Drive as a part of their “Commitment to Caring” program, Brownie/Junior Troop 74 was very excited to make some blankets to donate to the Children’s Hospital! In the spirit of Girl Scout sisterhood, we invited newly formed Junior Troop 330 to join us for their very first service project!

Each troop decided to make a different kind of blanket. Troop 330 chose tie blankets, and Troop 74 picked blankets that fold into pillows. We combined together to spend a fun meeting making friends and blankets while listening to holiday music, rather than having a traditional holiday party!

The blankets were then donated to Children’s Hospital – Highlands Ranch last week along with over 100 others as part of the Blanket Drive. We felt great helping others, working together with a brand-new troop, and building our sewing skills!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Calling all future leaders, advocates, & philanthropists: apply for the Girls’ Leadership Council

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Submitted by The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado is now accepting applications for the 2015 Girls’ Leadership Council, a leadership and training program for girls entering their junior years in high school.

This one-week summer program on the University of Denver campus helps high school sophomore girls discover their own power and potential to assist and impact their communities.

The 2015 Girl’s Leadership Council will offer you the opportunity to:

  • Meet with Colorado business leaders and philanthropists and hear from expert guest speakers on issues impacting Colorado women and girls.
  • Discover the importance and impact of philanthropy by and for women and girls.
  • Build a network to lean on during your high school and collegiate years and beyond.
  • Live with and learn from a group of diverse girls who share your passion for improving their communities.

To learn more about the GLC and the application process, watch this video. The Women’s Foundation of Colorado encourages applications from girls with diverse backgrounds. Although academic performance is a consideration in the selection process, we are looking for girls who demonstrate passion, commitment and leadership in many ways. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, there are no fees for this program.

Eligibility:

Any high school sophomore girl in Colorado who will be a junior in fall 2015

Program dates:

July 26-Aug. 1, 2015

Program Location:

University of Denver Campus

Application Deadline:

March 6, 2015, 5 p.m.

Finalist Interviews:        

May 16, 2015

If you have questions, please visit the WFCO web site or contact Community Initiatives and Investments Manager, Alison Friedman at 303-285-2972 or alisonf@wfco.org.

“Selfie Project” by Longmont Girl Scouts makes headlines

The “selfie project” by Troop 73392 of Longmont has Girl Scouts across the country talking and taking notice. As part of their Media Journey, the nine Cadettes studied ads featuring women and young girls. They quickly noticed nearly all of the photos had been edited or “Photoshopped.”

To help themselves and other fellow Girl Scouts recognize real beauty and celebrate what makes each of them unique, they took selfies. Those selfies were displayed at a community event, where family and friends could write comments on Post-It notes and place them on the photos.

“Your hair is just great. Your teeth are also amazing,” one read.

“You are so pretty and show so much confidence,” another stated.

What did the girls learn? “Your flaws are what make you beautiful,” sixth grader Ashley Reichenberg told reporter Whitney Bryen of The Longmont Times-Call. “That’s what makes you unique and special, like her being silly.”

After the story ran in the newspaper, Girl Scouts of Colorado, along with Girl Scouts of the USA, shared the news on Facebook and Twitter.

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Soon after, Fox 31 in Denver invited the troop to come in for a live interview with Brooke Wagner. Click to watch the interview.

Afterwards, Brooke took a selfie with the girls and shared it on Twitter.

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is so proud of these Girl Scouts for all their hard work to show women of all ages that real beauty is inside themselves, not inside a magazine.