Monday, December 3, 2018

Troop #235 Earns Holiday Lights Limo Ride With GSofSI CEO Loretta Graham

Girl Scout Troop #235 from the Southwestern Schools area (Brighton/Shipman/Medora/Piasa) raised more than $6,500 during the Nut, Candy & Magazine Program and earned with a limo ride with GSofSI CEO Loretta Graham through the holiday lights at Tilles Park in St. Louis!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Marion Troop #8893 Honored By City Council for Receiving Governor's Hometown Award

Micahya Banks, Kaitlyn Satterfield, Olivia Allen, Carlie Gunn and Hailey Buckingham
presented a sign that celebrates their award to Mayor Rinella

Congratulations to Girl Scout Troop #8893 for being recognized by The City of Marion for receiving the Governor's Hometown Award!

To earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, Troop #8893 helped The Lighthouse Shelter, which serves area homeless people. The shelter had recently been impacted by flooding, so the Girl Scout Troop hosted a fall festival and collected supply donations from participants as the entrance fee. 

Their efforts earned an Honorable Mention Governor's Hometown Award from the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service. The Governor's Hometown Award program gives formal recognition to communities that contributed to their community’s quality of life via projects that had strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact.

A large sign recognizing the award-winning service project will be on display in Marion. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Girl Scout Alum Makenzie Keiser Honored By Edwardsville City Council

GSofSI Alum Makenzie Keiser was honored by the Edwardsville City Council for her service to the community while earning the Girl Scout Gold Award - the highest award in Girl Scouting. Several Marines came to show their support - as Makenzie is entering the United States Marine Corps to continue her commitment to service. 

Makenzie, who graduated as a junior from Edwardsville High School in 2018, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award by teaching area children how to grow vegetable gardens.  She collaborated with the YMCA Early Childhood Development Center to design and develop three raised gardens, then taught children how to care for them. 

“If you give children a vegetable for a day, you feed them for a day,” she said.  “If you teach children how to grow vegetables, they will always have food.  Also, children who grow vegetables are more likely to eat them.”

Makenzie was honored with the Governor's Hometown Award (GHTA) for her service to the community as well. The GHTA program gives forman recognition to those who contributed to projects that improved their community’s quality of life.