Kennedy Cook, Ana Hargove and Paulina Ike, members of Girl Scout Troop 40164, recentlyearned their Girl Scout Silver Award. Their project was focused on addressing the issue of adolescents smoking. The girls created public awareness around the issue by creating videos to post on social media and designing fliers to educate the public.
“Many people start smoking for different reasons, ranging from peer pressure to trying to lose weight,” said Hargove. “[We learned that] smoking not only kills, but leaves problems for others who don’t smoke.”
The girls took action in their communities by interviewing Tuscaloosa Councilwoman Sonya McKinstry and Tuscaloosa Mayor Maddox about the issue. The girls also interviewed a doctor about the long and short term effects of smoking as well.
“This issue is important to me because I have a family history of heart disease,” Cook said. Ike said that from this project, she learned that speaking up is the right thing to do. The girls put over 150 hours into the project and made a great impact on community awareness.
Morgan Rainey, also a member of Girl Scout Troop 40164, recently earned her Girl Scout Silver Award as well. For her project, Rainey collected can tabs to help children at the Ronald McDonald House.
“The issue is important to me because I love helping people, and if I had cancer I would want someone to help with this burden to my family,” Rainey said.
Rainey invested 168 hours into the project and was honored at the council’s Girl Award Ceremony in April.
“I also met with a local councilwoman who gave me tips to help me with my project,” Rainey said. “I learned that you always help others because you never know when you’re going to need help from someone else.”
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. This award symbolizes a Girl Scout Cadette's accomplishments in Girl Scouting and community activities as she matures and works to better her life and the lives of others.
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