Thursday, October 23, 2014

Roxana Girl Scouts Work on Community Garden for Challenge & Change Project

Girl Scouts in Roxana have been working on a community garden for their Challenge and Change project.  Challenge and Change is a program funded United States Department of Agriculture to strengthen rural communities. Girls become change-makers through such programs as they envision and start long-term community service projects in their very own communities.
Girls begin with an initial day long training where they learn leadership, problem solving and entrepreneurial skills through a comprehensive curriculum. Led by trained facilitators, the girls discover what effective leadership looks like, connect with local experts and take action by digging into issues affecting their communities. After the training, girls recruit a community action team, including an adult who serves as their community champion, to turn their good idea into a sustainable, long-term project.
In Roxana, Girl Scouts from Service Unit 101 have created a Heritage Garden to highlight different plans and natural features of Southern Illinois.  They are partnering with the Roxana Parks and Recreation Department, The Nature Institute and Tom the Plant Guy to offer engaging learning and service experiences for students and local community members.

GSSI Conducting Flag Ceremony at Veterans Day Event at Saint Louis Science Center

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is honored to be invited to conduct opening & closing flag ceremonies at a special Veterans Day event at the Saint Louis Science Center.
The event on Nov. 11 will include special exhibitions and guests, as well as the OMNIMAX Theater film: D-Day: Normandy 1944.
GSSI's opening flag ceremony will take place around 11 a.m.  in the OMNIMAX Theater.  Due to limited seating, reservations should be made by calling 314.289.4424. 
All Girl Scouts & Adult Volunteers in uniform can receive a special reduced OMNIMAX ticket price of $6 per person!  Military veterans can attend the show for free.
Help us show appreciation to our veterans by sending a photo of your troop or daughter holding a thank you sign.  These photos will be used to make a short video to display at GSSI's display table the Saint Louis Science Center during the event.  Some sample messages include:
"Thank You, Veterans!"
"Thank You, Veterans from Girl Scouts Troop (Your Troop Number)"
"We Love Our Veterans!"
"Thanks Veterans! From (Your Hometown Here)"