Greenwich, CT (June 3, 2020) – Families collecting lunch from the Greenwich Public School District this week will also find Greenwich Girl Scouts offering free books for all ages. Girl Scout Troop 50681 North Mianus School is taking the term “Book Drive” to another level by physically driving books to the stops along the school bus routes. The thirteen North Mianus School fifth grade Girl Scouts were looking for a way they could help in the wake of COVID-19. The Girl Scouts realized with libraries currently closed, and school ending soon, many children would not have access to books this summer so the troop decided to take action.
Girl Scout Troop 50681 began gathering books from their own homes, then expanded collection to neighboring houses by leaving notes in mailboxes or posts on their parents’ social media pages. The girls also placed collection boxes in front of the Town of Greenwich Board of Education building to allow for even more donations. After a short time, the Girl Scouts’ simple book drive turned into a library of 4000 books. To ensure everyone’s safety, the Girl Scouts wiped down every book with sanitizer and catalogued the books by reading ability from early learning to adult.
The 4000 donated books are now available for free via the Greenwich Public School breakfast/lunch pick-up program. Girl Scout Troop 50681 will follow a different school bus route each day and set up book bins for browsing behind the bus at every stop. The fifth grade Girl Scouts will wear masks, observe social distancing rules and offer hand sanitizer to book browsers.
The first day of distribution took place on Tuesday, June 2nd along Bus Route 1.
“Parents and kids were able to take as many books as they wanted thanks to the generous donations we received. Parents were so grateful to be able to get free books for their children, especially now since the public libraries in town are closed. Parents took books for infants all the way up to adult books for themselves. The girls liked recommending books to families and seeing them excited to go home and read” said Girl Scout troop co-leader Jenn Donat.
Girl Scout Troop 50681 will continue offering books on Wednesday, June 3rd along Route 2, and on Thursday, June 4th on Route 3. For information on where you can find the book stops contact Greenwich Girl Scouts at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Greenwich Girl Scout website at www.greenwichgirlscouts.com
Girl Scout Troop 50681 plans to use this community project toward their Bronze Award, the highest Girl Scout award for Girl Scout Juniors in fourth and fifth grade. To learn how your G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)TM can make the world a better place, visit http://www.gsofct.org/join
June 2nd, Route 1:
10:45am: Central Middle School Front Circle 11:15am: Julian Curtiss School Front Circle 11:40am: Wilbur Peck front parking lot
12:05pm: Town Hall (by deliveries – main visitor lot)
June 3rd, Route 2:
11:00am: Glenville Elementary School Front Circle
11:30am: Hamilton Avenue, Parking Lot
12:00pm: Armstrong Court (in front of the handicapped parking spaces) 12:30pm: New Lebanon School, Parking Lot
12:55pm: Western Middle School, Front Circle
June 4th, Route 3
11:00am Eastern Middle School, Front Parking Lot
11:25am Adams Garden (In front of the Community Building)
Greenwich teen educates local cheer team on concussion awareness and stunting safety.
Greenwich, CT (February 3, 2020) - Sarah Peng, a Greenwich High School Junior and Girl Scout has finished her Gold Award project for concussion awareness and stunting safety for the North Mianus Bull Dog Cheerleading Team in the Fall of 2019.
Sarah Peng has been a Girl Scout since the 2nd grade at North Mianus School. Peng was a previous Bulldog Cheerleader and is now a High School Assistant Cheer Coach for the North Mianus Bulldogs. She saw that there was a need to educate cheerleaders on concussion symptoms and awareness.
“I believe it was important for the cheerleaders to be more aware of the signs and symptoms of concussions because it promotes them to be safer cheerleaders and better teammates.” Sarah Peng, Girl Scout Ambassador
Peng reached out to Jennifer Rigg-Brandt, 2019 head of cheer for the North Mianus Bulldogs to share her Gold Project. She provided information on concussion systems and awareness of general concussion symptoms and awareness to the coaches and cheerleaders. There are three levels of cheer and each program was directed to the needs of the Bantams, Juniors and Seniors.
The prestigious Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting, and it is often compared to the Eagle Scout in Boys Scouts. “An award with national standards, it acknowledges an individual’s accomplishments, leadership, commitment, creativity, and personal effort in trying to make the world a better place,” according to Girl Scouts of the USA.
Each Gold Award project solves a community issue and improves lives while girls build their personal leadership skills and inspire others to community action. In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador scouts in grades 9 to 12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing their community’s needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact through their project. For more information contact Frances Wu Nobay at email@example.com
Greenwich Girl Scouts Announce Election Day Cookie Booths
A limited early release of Girl Scout cookies will greet voters on November 5, 2019 at select Greenwich school polling stations and locations. Voters can also donate cookies to current U.S. military and veterans through the Girl Scouts Cookies for Heroes Program.
Greenwich, Connecticut (November 1st, 2019) – Greenwich Girl Scouts will run cookie sale booths at school polling stations including Central Middle, Glenville Elementary, North Mianus Elementary, North Street Elementary and Old Greenwich Elementary schools. The November 5thsale is a limited early release of the famous Girl Scout Cookies which are normally only available during the March cookie season. The Girl Scouts will also be taking donations for Cookies for Heroes, which sends cookies to active duty service members and veterans stateside and overseas.
Cookie sales help support Greenwich Girl Scouts community service projects and educational programming. Participating Girl Scouts also benefit by observing the election process while learning valuable financial and sales skills.
“We love getting our Girl Scouts out and about on Election Day to learn about our nation's political process and practice the five skills of the Girl Scout Cookie Program: goal setting, decision making, people skills, money management, and business ethics.” Frances Wu Nobay, Greenwich Girl Scouts Co-Service Unit Manager (Volunteer).
The current cookie booth schedule shown below can also be found on the Greenwich Girl Scout website at www.greenwichgirlscouts.com.
CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL6:00 am - 10:00 am
NORTH MIANUS SCHOOL10:00am-12:00pm
OLD GREENWICH SCHOOL9:00am-11:00am
STOP AND SHOP
161 W. Putnam Ave.
1:00pm-3:00pmIf you miss them at the polls, Girl Scout troops will also be holding some additional booths during the following dates and times.
11/2/2019 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Stop and Shop, 161 West Putnam Avenue
11/3/2019 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Stop and Shop, 161 West Putnam Avenue
11/9/2019 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Vineyard Vines, Greenwich Avenue
About the Girl Scout Cookie Program:
Proceeds from Girl Scout cookies stay local and support local needs. Whether it’s a science, technology, engineering, or math activity that creates future opportunities, a service project to benefit our community, or a travel program that increases intercultural understanding, Girl Scout cookies make it possible! When you support the Girl Scout Cookie Program, you’re also giving girls the chance to build entrepreneurial skills and confidence .
About the Greenwich Girl Scouts:
The Greenwich Girl Scouts is a Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Girl Scouts are the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. With programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information on our mission visit the Girl Scouts of Connecticut website: www.gsofct.org
GREENWICH, Connecticut - October 22, 2019 - The Greenwich Girl Scouts held a free Career Fair for Girls on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the Greenwich YWCA featuring more than 25 local women from various professions.The interactive event highlighted the responsibilities and required education foreach job. Girls learned about careers in law, sampled delicious cookies made by a pastry chef, and observed a microbiologist performing ascience experiment. Women leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)focused careers, such as a software engineer, explained togirls about the opportunities available in these fast growing industries.
Donna Rosato, a professional journalist from Consumer Reports, gave the participants creative writing strategies they could use in their classes at school. Elizabeth Cleary from Lefebvre Financial Services used bills and coins to help girls visualize budgeting and smart money choices. Katie Fong, a Greenwich fashion designer, brought fabric swatches and paper dolls for girls to create their own dress designs.
Female representatives from the Greenwich Emergency Medical Services Explorer Post, along with Supervisor Eirinn Rickard, displayed a defibrillator as well as a fully stocked first aid kit for the girls to examine. The girls also enjoyed trying on turnout gear as Firefighter Lisa Wolak spoke about her experience in the Greenwich Fire Department.
"All girls dream about what they want to be when they grow up but they often don't know what is out there or how to attain it. It is hard to imagine when you're young that writing essays in school can translate into a career in journalism, or learning geometry can be the path to becoming an architect. This Career Fair gives girls of all ages an opportunity to meet successful women who transformed their early interests into their life's goals. We hope that this event gives young ladies the knowledge and inspiration needed to follow their dreams." Annie Brown, Greenwich Girl Scouts.
About the Greenwich Girl Scouts:
The Greenwich Girl Scout is a Service Unit of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Girl Scouts are the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information on our mission visit the Girl Scouts of Connecticut website:www.gsofct.org
Any girls interested in joining the Greenwich Girl Scouts can contact Volunteer Recruiter Annie Brown 203-869-5344 or GreenwichGSRecruitment@gmail.com.