GLEN CARBON – Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois has received another grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with Girl Scouts of the USA, to implement Challenge and Change projects in Pontoon Beach, Roxana and Anna.
The grants will go toward implementation of service projects, beginning with an initial day long training where girls are to learn leadership, problem solving and entrepreneurial skills.
After the training, girls recruit a community action team – including an adult who serves as their community champion – to turn their good idea into a sustainable, long-term project.
GSSI has selected three Challenge and Change projects. They are:
Pontoon Beach- Girls in SU 102 will work with leaders to create a community park or garden in the Pontoon Beach area. They have met with the mayor and have secured a plot of land and are meeting with community members to determine needs and resources.
Roxana- Girls in SU 101 are creating a Heritage Garden in Roxana that will highlight different plants and natural features. They will be partnering with the Parks and Recreation to offer learning experiences for schools to bring students as well as encouraging participation from community members of all ages.
Anna- Homework Pals is a continued project that offers a tutoring program to elementary students in Anna. This past school year, the tutoring program moved locations from the local library to the elementary school which now houses a new library funded by this grant. Starting in July, a summer reading program is being implemented so that students can continue their learning throughout the summer.