Thank you for your support!
We are thrilled to announce that Governor McAuliffe signed House Bill 942 on Friday, April 1, which will allow Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and other youth organizations better access to schools to make students and their families aware of our programs. It will become law on July 1,2016. Thank you to all who lent their voice to getting this legislation past.
To our Virginia Members: We are almost there! After a few revisions to House Bill 942, it has passed the review of the Senate Education and Health Committee and will now go to the floor of the Senate for a final vote on Monday. This bill allows Girl Scouts Nation's Capital staff and volunteers to distribute educational materials in Virginia schools encouraging participation in Girl Scouts.
Once again, we need your help. Please take a moment and call or email your senator voicing your support of this bill. With its passage, Girl Scouts will have access to schools for the purpose of connecting with students and their families. As you know from our previous communications, accessing schools in some areas has been a growing challenge for us. Without this bill, many girls may not learn about the valuable program we offer and lose out on all the benefits that come with being a Girl Scout – courage, confidence and character.
Thank you for taking time to support this bill – and for supporting Girl Scouts.
Chief Executive Officer
Girl Scouts Nation's Capital
Summary of Bill:
Local school boards shall, subject to the provisions of S 22.1-131, provide reasonable and appropriate access to school property to youth-oriented, community organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA, and their volunteers and staff, to distribute and provide instructional materials in order to encourage participation in such organizations and their activities. Any such access provided during the school day shall not conflict with instructional time. Such access may include after-school sponsored activities such as “Back to School” events, where it can be reasonably accommodated.
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I am contacting you to ask that you support House Bill 942 which was passed by Virginia Senate Education and Health Committee on Thursday, February 25 and will now be considered by the Senate on Monday, February 29. This bill will allow Girl Scouts to better access schools for the purpose of making students and families aware of the opportunities afforded to them through Girl Scouts.
The Girl Scout Program, based on expert research, provides engaging and worthwhile activities that respond to the needs of today’s girls. The Girl Scout experience gives girls the confidence and the tools to lead and to help them grow as responsible citizens who will make a difference in their communities. Through Girl Scouts, girls are introduced to subjects that are important to them today and into the future – such as healthy living and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Girl Scout programs complement the work of schools and enhance lessons and skills learned in the classroom. In addition, their programs encourage the development of healthy social and communication skills that help girls deal with, and prevent, bullying behavior.
Girl Scouts contribute to their schools and their communities in many ways. Research shows that those girls who earn the highest Girl Scout award, the Gold Award, are more likely to be leaders in their workplaces, citizens who volunteer in their communities and become active voters as adults. Supporting this bill will not only make a difference in the lives of thousands of young people in our state, it will impact all communities in the Commonwealth touched by the valuable service that Girl Scouts offer.
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