Tolson Girl Scouts
Principal Figueroa’s enthusiasm to have Girl Scouts involved in her school, Tolson Elementary, was obvious at the Community Enrichment Team’s first meeting with her. Principal Figueroa expressed deep concern for the girls at her school and described the apparent need for a leadership program. She feared that the girls at Tolson Elementary did not have many positive role models in their lives. She was so impressed by all of the opportunities available to girls through the GSLE that she committed to registering all 198 girls in her school as Girl Scouts.
The young ladies at Tolson Elementary received their first Girl Scout experience on October 28th 2011. With the help of several full time staff members, the Community Enrichment Team hosted a Girl Scout assembly. The assembly was designed to announce the gift of Girl Scouts that had been given to each girl and build excitement for all of the possibilities these new Girl Scouts were going to receive in the upcoming year. During the assembly, the girls learned the Girl Scout Promise and Law before they got the opportunity to visit 7 different activity stations. The activity stations ranged from a shaving cream tie dye art project to learning about the Sonoran desert with a fun matching game. Girls also learned about the cookie program and got to taste the Trefoil cookie.
The assembly was a huge success. All of the girls at Tolson Elementary were excited to be Girl Scouts and the Community Enrichment Team continues to provide Girl Scout experiences to the girls at their school. Tolson Elementary has a weekly troop meeting that all of the female students are welcome to attend. This troop is made available to the girls free of charge and is attended by nearly 60 regular girls. Girl Scouts staff members are also regulars at Tolson Elementary community events.
Now, the girls at Tolson Elementary do not have to look far for a positive role model.