Wednesday, May 25, 2016
After witnessing a student having a seizure and being disappointed by the behavior of other students in the class, Ja’Nae Hardy, a junior at Cy-Falls High School wanted to provide a solution. She created and implemented Seizure Action Team Partners (SAT Partners), a student response program that helps provide a safe environment for those experiencing seizures, to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
“With so many students and only one nurse, epileptic students may be left in their peers hands temporarily,” said Hardy. “Through my project, I hope to help students become well informed about seizures so that if they witness someone having one they would have first-hand knowledge on what to do to help.”
SAT Partners would not only help the student experiencing the seizure, but provide a gap plan in the event the school’s nurse was assisting another student or coming from another location within the school.
With support from the local chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation, her school’s nurse and the school’s chapter of Health Occupations Students of America, (HOSA), Hardy set up education and training sessions to teach students how to respond if one of their peers was having a seizure. The first group of students to take the training were members of HOSA.
“By simply being a member of the HOSA program meant that they wanted to be involved in the medical field,” said Hardy. “I felt by starting with this group of students, I would be most successful in getting student participation.”
To maintain the program, the school nurse and HOSA teacher, have agreed to host SAT Partner training sessions each school year with the materials that Hardy provided them, including an overview of SAT Partners, Epilepsy information, training opportunities and resources for students with Epilepsy. Hardy also provided First Aid training tools, video training materials and several student program packets to be used by the training facilitator.
“Having a seizure can cause physical harm to the person, but having a seizure in front of your peers can lead to emotional stress as well,” said Hardy. “As a student, you are embarrassed and ashamed of what people saw and now you have to walk among them daily knowing they don't understand what happened and thought it was funny.”
Hardy hopes the program will be expanded to other schools in the Cy-Fair school district.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
The Girl Scout resident camp season is finally here! We can't wait for you to join us at camp for all the fun and exciting sessions we're offering in 2016. The last few months have been spent preparing for your favorite sessions, sprucing up our camp facilities and thinking of other ways we may help you prepare. Well, just in case you're experiencing that dreaded last-minute uncertainty, maybe wondering what you've forgotten, we've prepared this list of five last minute ways for you to prepare for resident camp!
- Review "What Counselors Wish Parents Knew!" Here we offer personal advice from our counselors for first-time campers to our yearly attendees.
- Take our resident camp quiz! By now you're ready for camp, but the "Are you ready for resident camp?" quiz (pg. 3, 2016 GSSJC Summer Camp Catalog) for girls and adults can help you identify some additional needs to prep. For example, girls, are you brave when you see an insect at night? Do you know how to wash and brush your own hair? And parents, do you think she's prepared? Can you stand to spend a week without her? These are just some of the questions the quiz will ask to help you identify areas that need more preparation.
- Check, and double check the suggested packing list. Along with a hundred other helpful facts, the Camper and Parent Guide 2016 includes a suggested packing list for each camp. In addition, this guide also lists required items for certain camp activities, what you'll need to turn in at check-in, and tips for making it all happen.
- Get to know your camp staff. Before you even arrive at camp you can get to know each camp's director by reviewing their profile in the 2016 GSSJC Summer Camp Catalog (pg. 3). Though you'll likely spend most of your time with our other friendly staff members, these three women do a lot to make it all possible and it's worth getting to know them.
- Learn a new camp song! One of the best ways to get excited about summer camp is by learning, and singing camp songs you haven't learned before. Whether it's "Make New Friends" or the "Brownie Smile Song" each one has a fun message to share with others.
For more information on the 2016 resident camp season, visit gssjc.org for additional camp resources.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award.
Shumaila Lakhani, a junior at Clements High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.
To earn the award, Lakhani contacted Fort Bend Promise, a local area shelter, to see if she could help them. Lakhani built drawers, cleaned and organized five storage spaces and developed a filing system for later use.
“At home I would work on the drawers and at the shelter I would spend hours organizing the files into different sections with labels as well as the storage spaces,” said Lakhani. “My goal was to provide a long-term organization solution for the shelter.”
With assistance from approximately 10 volunteers, Lakhani was able to create a better organization system for the shelter.
“They had a hard time being able to keep all their stuff organized so I helped provide them with more space and organized the space they already had,” said Lakhani.
Through earning her Gold Award, Lakhani was able to build on the leadership skills that she has learned as a Girl Scout. She also learned the importance of encouragement and how to support her team to complete a goal.
“I have been a Girl Scout since I was five years old and I wanted to be able to accomplish the highest award in Girl Scouts,” said Lakhani. “I knew that achieving the Gold Award would really help me make an impact on the community.”
To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, which turns 100 in 2016, visit www.girlscouts.org.