Girl Scout Ambassador, Maria Granros, will be hosting “Be Prepared, Not Scared” Emergency Preparedness training for girls aged 3rd – 5th grades on Saturday, September 6, from 9am – 12pm, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta/East Cobb.
Maria will be teaching skills to prepare for and cope with emergencies such as thunderstorms, fire, floods, winter storms and tornadoes. Girls will participate in many hands-on learning activities, including decorating take-home pillowcases from The Pillowcase Project sponsored by the American Red Cross.
In addition, girls will receive information from Cobb County Emergency Management Association about local area resources and upcoming plans for National Preparedness month in September.
Registration is required and space is limited. Girls attending 3rd-5th grades are eligible to attend. A parent or guardian must be present during the training. To register, please email email@example.com.
Maria Granros, a Girl Scout Ambassador with Troop 23202 in East Cobb, is achieving the Girl Scout Gold Award by designing and teaching the “Be Prepared, Not Scared” emergency preparedness program for younger Girl Scouts and girls in her community. Maria collaborated with the American Red Cross to offer The Pillowcase Project curriculum to empower young girls to prepare for and cope with emergencies. In addition, Maria worked with Cobb County Emergency Management Agency to include information about local emergency resources.
Maria has personal experience coping with disaster when, as a first grader, her childhood home caught fire.
“I’ll never forget the American Red Cross giving me a teddy bear the night of my fire,” recalls Maria. “That bear was such a comfort to me,” she adds. “Ever since the fire, I’ve always wanted to be able to help other children cope with disaster.”
After relocating to Georgia and experiencing duck and cover tornado warnings at school, local area flooding, and a crippling winter storm, Maria witnessed how frightening other emergencies could also be for younger girls. Working with national and local organizations to create the emergency preparedness program not only offered Maria the chance to fulfill her wish, but also provided her with valuable lessons in project management, team building, technology, public relations, budgeting, and fundraising. Maria is excited about this milestone and enthusiastic to share her “Be Prepared, Not Scared” message with other girls.
Maria joined Girl Scouts at age 5 in Sudbury, MA, and has remained active since relocating to Georgia with her family in 2006. Maria has also earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and Bronze Award. Maria, daughter of Annamarie and Rory Granros, lives in Marietta, GA, and is a Senior at Walton High School.