Samsung grant funds Girl Scouts programs

Published on Monday, 6 January 2014 17:43 - Written by Staff Reports

Samsung awarded a $20,000 grant to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas to support several of its programs.

The money will fund some of its science, technology, engineering and math efforts in the Girl Scouting in the School Day program, and provide scholarships for Girl Scout Gold Award winners, according to a Tyler ISD news release. The Gold Award is the highest honor for a Girl Scout.

Five TISD schools have the Girl Scouting in the School Day program, according to the news release.

The free program serves middle school girls from campuses that typically have high numbers of students from low-income families.

Throughout the 12-week program, which the girls attend during their normal PE period, girls are introduced to hands-on activities using STEM curriculum and concepts, according to the news release.

In addition to the STEM curriculum, Girl Scouting in the School Day also provides character building and life skills training and addresses current social issues and trends affecting girls, according to the news release.

“We enjoy the partnership that we share with Girl Scouts,” Claude Lane, Moore MST Magnet School principal, said, according to the news release. “The integration of STEM activities into the PE classes sponsored by the Girl Scouts has really complimented our MST Magnet School Program. We believe that it is helping young girls to consider choosing and excelling in fields in the workplace that need more female representation. The impact of the program very likely could be life changing for many of these young ladies.”