WAITE PARK -- Jennifer Taves, a Senior Girl Scout from Wadena, has been selected for a 2003 Girl Scout Gold Award Young Women of Distinction.
Taves is one of 10 girls selected out of a possible 948 candidates from 316 councils whose Gold Award project was voted as best representing the efforts in Girl Scouting.
Taves will be invited to Washington, D.C., during the week of March 15-19 to be honored on the national level. The week will be filled with leadership training, visits to Capitol Hill, an awards luncheon, networking opportunities with prominent women from Washington, D.C., sightseeing, and much more. All expenses are covered by Girl Scouts of the USA.
Taves, who attends Wadena-Deer Creek High School, created an anti-bullying project for third-graders in her school called Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE). The project brought high school students into third-grade elementary classrooms every day for a week to be role models for the younger students. Taves wrote a curriculum that was used throughout the week, including the use of puppets, stories, skits, and other activities to share her message.
Taves developed the anti-bullying project because she felt there was a huge problem with bullying and respect in her school. From personal experience, she knew it started early.
The teachers, administration and counselors at Tave's school felt her SAVE project was so effective and worthwhile, that it will be a permanent and ongoing organization in future years and will be taught to all third-grade students each year.
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