Land Park Girl Scouts promote no texting campaign

When deciding on a topic to focus on for their “advocacy journey” this year, Land Park-based Girl Scout Troop 864 decided to focus on a problem they see every day – texting and driving.

JUST SAY NO to texting and driving. The members of Girl Scout Troop 864 want everyone who drives and has a cell phone to be aware of the deadly dangers of distracted driving. Left to right, top row: Corina Crary, Christianna Louie and Macy Webb. Bottow row: Spencer Trussell, Karly Webb and Mariah Ruiz. Not pictured: Mecca Evans. / Photo courtesy, Girl Scout Troop 864

JUST SAY NO to texting and driving. The members of Girl Scout Troop 864 want everyone who drives and has a cell phone to be aware of the deadly dangers of distracted driving. Left to right, top row: Corina Crary, Christianna Louie and Macy Webb. Bottow row: Spencer Trussell, Karly Webb and Mariah Ruiz. Not pictured: Mecca Evans. / Photo courtesy, Girl Scout Troop 864

“We decided to pick texting and driving since all the girls in the troop are (high school) juniors, everyone is learning how to drive, and all our friends are driving now,” explained 17-year-old troop member Christianna Louie. “We thought that it was a topic or issue that would really impact our lives and deal with some of the major things that people our age are facing.”

“The journey (teaches) the girls to be advocates of whatever is close to their hearts and this is something they chose,” added Troop Leader Terri Larkin. “Because all of my girls just recently got their licenses in the last year except for one of the girls – she’s still too young – it opened their eyes to teen texting and driving and how it can really be harmful.”

On the journey

Through their journey, Troop 864 – which includes seven girls ages 15 to 17 – developed a bumper sticker with the phrase “Don’t Look @ UR Phone! U Might Not Make It Home!” to hand out to classmates and community members to help bring awareness to the dangers of texting and driving.

Louie said she and her troop mates passed the stickers out to their respective high schools and other clubs and organizations they were involved with. Additionally, the troop had an opportunity to showcase their project at a Girl Scout Leaders meeting last month, as well the Girls Scouts 100th Anniversary event at Cal Expo in March.

Larkin said the bumper stickers were very well received by the California Highway Patrol at the 100th Anniversary event.

“(The troop) shared them with the Highway Patrol and they shared what their thought was on why they did it,” she explained. “The police officers were very impressed with the girls at their ages and how they presented themselves.”

Making an impact

Larkin feels Troop 864’s advocacy journey has made an impact on the community.

“Even if we just touched one person’s life, we made a difference,” she said.

Larkin added other Girl Scout Troops were so impressed with their project there is talk of the troop soliciting donations to make more bumper stickers for a broader distribution, and also for the girls to share their project with other troops.

“They do have upcoming girls that will be driving here in the next year or so and they would like to meet with some other troops and just share with them some of the knowledge that they’ve gotten,” she said. “It was an eye opener for the girls and they do want to carry this and share it with other troops.”

And for Louie, the program has had a personal impact.

“I think personally it has made me more aware of the problem,” she explained. “When we’re at a stoplight or something (and) we see people on their phones, we’re like ‘Hey, you shouldn’t do that.’”

corrie@valcomnews.com

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