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Gramelspacher Earns Highest Award 

Adrianna Gramelspacher created Thomasville Reusable Instrument Program (T.R.I.P.) to earn the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award. T.R.I.P. focused on the lack of instruments at Thomasville High School.
 
"I realized that my school did not have a lot of instruments to borrow and students couldn't afford new instruments," Gramelspacher said. "The school and band boosters helped me make this PSA and get the community to donate old instruments."
 
By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Gramelspacher has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.
 
The Gold Award represents the highest achievement Girl Scouts can achieve. It recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action Projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to "Go Gold", and act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.
 
"Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and this exemplifies leadership in all its forms," GSSA CEO Karlyn Edmonds said. "Adrianna saw a need in her community and around the world and took action. Her extraordinary, dedication, perseverance, and leadership are making the world a better place."
 
Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Natural Disasters

In times of natural disaster, it's everyone's responsibility to come together to support and provide aid and comfort to those directly affected. And although it's simply human to get caught up in the harrowing news coverage, it's also important to note that the youngest members of our families and communities-your children-are watching and taking all of this in, too.

"Of course we all want to stay abreast of current events," says Girl Scouts' developmental psychologist Andrea Bastiani Archibald, "but when kids see footage of boys and girls their own age or even people who look like their grandparents in dire situations, it can be confusing and frightening." But rather than brushing off catastrophic events as "nothing to worry about" or something that didn't really happen, Dr. Bastiani Archibald suggests discussing the disaster in an age-appropriate way with your daughter. "Limit her access to the news, but if she's already seen or heard about it, let her lead the conversation," she suggests. "Stay calm-kids, especially younger ones, take their emotional cues from parents-and ask her what she thinks happened. But most of all, ask how she's feeling. If she says she feels sad or frightened for the people affected, it's absolutely fine to tell her that you feel sad and frightened for them, too. These feelings are nothing to be ashamed of, and knowing that you feel similarly will help her feel less alone."   Read More >>
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Advocacy and Public Policy

Did you know that our GSUSA Public Policy and Advocacy Office works across party lines with Congress and the Executive Branch to educate and raise awareness about issues important to girls and young women? Through GSUSA's national and GSSA's local efforts, we demonstrate to policymakers that Girl Scouts is a resource-and an authority-on issues affecting girls and Girl Scouting.

Every year, in partnership with our 112 Girl Scout councils, we develop a  federal legislative agenda to advance key issues and promote leadership opportunities for girls, including:
  • Economic Opportunities for Girls
    • Increase involvement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
    • Strengthen financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills
  • Healthy Living Opportunities for Girls 
    • Increase access to outdoor activities
    • Reduce bullying and relational aggression, and foster healthy relationship skills
  • Global Citizenship and a Global Voice for Girls 
  • A Strong Nonprofit Community and Girl Scout Experience
A similar  state legislative agenda is used by Girl Scout councils across the country to initiate dialogue on relevant issues with their state public officials.

As the leading voice for girls, Girl Scouts plays a key role in substantively addressing issues that affect girls.  Join us to make sure these issues get the attention they deserve, and to make a difference in your community and across the nation.
What's New --  Munchies and Mags

Like the Cookie Program, Munchies and Mags is a Fall Product Program that teaches girls Financial Literacy and 5 key leadership skills. Starting September 22, through Munchies and Mags, Girl Scouts will offer magazines, candy, and nuts that are great for any holiday gift you might be looking for!

Many troop leaders are excited about having the opportunity to begin the year with great programming and the opportunity to raise start-up funds for their troops. Munchies and Mags is a great way to help defray some of the troop cost between start-up time and the cookie program. 

If you're interested in buying Munchies and/or Mags and would like a local troop to contact you, please email Jana Reeves at jreeves@girlscoutssa.org or call us at 800.239.3366.
Girl Scout Partnership --  
Central Alabama Community Foundation

We are excited to announce that  Central Alabama Community Foundation  (CACF) has made a significant contribution to GSSA, allowing us to expand and enhance our  Girl Scouting During the School Day  program at the following schools in Lowndes and Macon counties. This $25,000 grant will support more than 500 girls attending Central Elementary, Fort Deposit Elementary, Jackson-Steele Elementary, D.C. Wolfe School, G.W. Carver Elementary and Tuskegee Public Elementary schools. This program provides girls with STEM education and exposure through programmatic and event-based opportunities. These girls will be provided with new opportunities to learn and grow while developing leadership skills needed to become successful, community-building adults. Thank you, CACF!

For more information on how you can help further our mission, contact Chief Development Officer Alicia Schneider at aschneider@girlscoutssa.org.
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