Troop #3147 Take Action Project at Local Elementary School
The 2nd year Junior Girl Scout troop #3147 believes that working together with the community to support efforts to build strong communities is important. This year in Girl Scouts we have learned about many ways to improve our health through good nutrition and exercise. We decided on a Take Action Project to help families stay healthy. The project goal was to help promote healthy lifestyles through getting regular exercise. We were hoping to help prevent childhood obesity that can lead to chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, skin and breathing problems.
As a part of our project we collected 19 pairs of tennis shoes for donation to children grades K-5 at a local elementary school in hopes of planting seeds for lifelong exercise.
Several steps lead to this achievement. After we agreed on what we wanted to focus on and how we can put our focus into our Take Action Project the first thing we needed to do was to choose a school in our community. Then we asked the principal for approval to work with the school’s PTA and the parent community coordinator to identify those who could benefit from the sneaker drive. The next step was to make a box to collect all the new sneakers that were donated. After that we divided the list of shoe sizes between the six of us and we were responsible to collect however many shoes we were responsible for. During part of our bronze award take action, which was hosting a family walk and run event, we presented the box to the PTA and school representatives to distribute to the selected students. The recipients were very happy and for some this was their first new pair of tennis shoes for the whole year. This was a great experience for our troop to be able to connect with the community and make a significant impact.
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