The Governor’s Hometown Awards (GHTA) program gives formal recognition to those who contributed to projects that improved their community’s quality of life. These projects are sponsored by local units of government that have strong volunteer support, meet a need, and make a definitive impact. Below are three Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSofSI) projects selected for project awards. Projects were presented to a panel of judges from around the state in early September at the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation in Springfield, Illinois and hosted by Serve Illinois. The state has scheduled to formally announce the winning projects at the awards presentation planned for November 14 in Springfield, Illinois.
Girl Scout Project Winners:
Summer of STEM: St. Clair County, Illinois, County Board Chairman, Mark Kern: Winner in category of Education. The Summer of STEM Project was a multi-faceted project spearheaded by Katherine Buchanan, and centered on the need to have more girls experiencing science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the St. Clair County community in order to empower them into STEM futures. Girl Scout volunteers ran the activity room at the FLL Jr Robotics Expo in April. Over 30 teams participated in this annual event. Another aspect of of the project involved running STEM sessions as part of the O'Fallon Public Library summer reading program. Another component of the project involved providing STEM activities to over 100 girls that attended camp at Horner Park. The final part of the project was a 3-day FIRST Lego Robotics League Junior camp which involved over 30 K-3rd grade students.
Helping Mascoutah Weekend Meals Program: Mascoutah, Illinois, Mayor Gerald Daugherty: Honorable Mention in the category of Healthy Futures. Girl Scout Troop 2355 took the lead in serving with the Mascoutah Meals Program in order to raise funds and awareness for the program's efforts to make sure no child goes hungry. The girls hosted a food drive in the community, and used their cookie booths out in the community during Girl Scout Cookie Season to bring awareness to the Mascoutah Meals Program and to collect donations and money from cookie sales to support the program. Troop participants included: Alexis Detering, Annabelle Wooldridge, Audrey Pense, Ava Kimmle, Emily Clark, Emily Wilson, Kiri Rogerson, Lily Herman, Madyson Schubert, Olivia Mosley, Rylee Anderson, Sydney Gram and Violet Herman.
Go Green: Carlyle, Illinois, Mayor Judy Smith: Winner in the category of Environmental Stewardship. Members of Troop 688 from Carlyle, Illinois organized an event, volunteers, and arranged with the Army Corps of Engineers to clean up Riverside Park in Carlyle, Illinois. They made arrangements to have items donated through a community drive necessary to promote in their community. Members of Troop 688 recruited 34 volunteers from the Carlyle, Illinois community to help with the efforts. They created and displayed signs educating the community about the importance of environmental stewardship. They took the lead and organized the time line of the clean-up, and instructed then empowered the 34 volunteers to successfully clean up the park. After properly disposing the trash and recycling they left nothing behind except the lessons on stewardship and a desire for those present to share what they had learned that day with their families and neighbors in order to create a sustainable desire of caring for the environment.