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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Frank earns Gold Award for anti-bullying efforts

  • When Tamarah Jo Frank started out as a Daisy in kindergarten, she had no idea she would be creating anti-bullying pamphlets that would be seen all over town....
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  • When Tamarah Jo Frank started out as a Daisy in kindergarten, she had no idea she would be creating anti-bullying pamphlets that would be seen all over town. Frank, who left for college last week, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award doing just that. The pamphlets are being distributed by area churches and the RVHS SADD chapter. For her Gold Award, Frank “developed materials – a ‘curriculum’ — to speak to youth groups about bullying and the importance to stand up for yourself and other who are victims of bullying. “With the help of many community members I created a pamphlet that gives information on bullying that can also be used as an educational tool. It gives sources for the victim to seek help.” The Gold Award project isn’t something that a Girl Scout can accomplish just by herself. It takes a community to help — and the Scout has to help the community in turn. Frank said, “I had to show ‘active leadership’ and network with other organizations, teachers, students, Girl Scouts, and community members to finish the project.” Part of the ‘active leadership’ part involved creating anti-bullying activities for different groups — activities that had to take into account participants’ ages. “I did a lot of hands on activities in my presentations, with balloon animals and making posters,” said Frank. “Each presentation was a bit different to suit the needs/age/size of group and time I was given. “I enjoyed working with the younger children I presented to,” Frank said, “and all the individuals that contributed to the project. “I learned about setting goals, following through and achieving your goals.” One of the goals was making sure her anti-bullying efforts went on after she herself has moved on to college. Frank said, “I trained other Girl Scouts, and have information (that I can add to) at fightagainstbullyingnow.blogspot.com.” Frank said that after coming up through the ranks as a Girl Scout, “I am now a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts and will continue to be involved in some way the rest of my life.”

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