• Girl Scouts team up with TEP to give out 150K light bulbs

    By David Wichner As published in the Arizona Daily Star  Tucson Electric Power Co. and the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona are working together to give away 150,000 compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs through Girl Scout cookie sales. The Scouts will give customers one free CFL bulb and an information card with each cookie order. The bulbs are provided through TEP’s Energy Star Lighting program, which makes CFL bulbs available from local stores at discounts of up to 50 percent off of regular retail prices. TEP notes than each CFL saves approximately $4.50 a year — about enough to buy another box of Girl Scout cookies. The bulb giveaway and discount program are funded by a small “demand side management” surcharge on each TEP’s customer’s electric bill. The program was approved by the …

    January
    21 2014
  • Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program Serves Girl With Incarcerated Mothers

    As posted on ArizonaBilingual.com The Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona’s Beyond Bars program is a 2013 Wings Like Eagles Foundation grant recipient to support their work with girls impacted by the juvenile justice or criminal justice systems. “The Beyond Bars program represents the Foundation’s mission to increase child welfare, the spirit and general community goodwill. Our work with these girls and their families will break the cycle of incarceration in our community,” said Debbie Rich, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. In 2011, the Girl Scouts piloted the Beyond Bars program in Pima County to bring girls and their incarcerated mothers together on a monthly basis to work on projects and activities at correctional facilities. Local Girl Scouts staff recogni…

    January
    15 2014
  • Girl Scout Cookie Program: The sweet spot of project-based learning

    By Michelle Higgins There are many conversations happening around project-based learning (PBL) and many teachers and educators are looking to their informal STEM partners for best practices. PBL is a student-driven pedagogy where students learn a particular subject through real-world problems. Indeed, many national organizations have much to offer in this area. Girls Scouts, Champions for Change, SciGirls, Design Squad, and Techbridge are just a few that offer curriculum and research-based engagement strategies. This winter, why not take a closer look at what Girl Scouts in Arizona are doing? Girls across the state are gearing up to participate in the largest financial literacy project in the country: the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Girls choose a project that will help their community and…

    January
    10 2014
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