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Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan honors Myranda Ivey with the most prestigious award in the world for girls: the Girl Scout Gold Award. Myranda, of Belleville, is among 19 young women who have taken the initiative to bettering their communities through sustainable community change projects. The time and commitment they’ve dedicated towards these projects prove they’re true leaders and exceptional examples for all girls to look up to.
The Gold Award is Girl Scout’s highest honor and is presented to Girl Scouts who address a community issue or problem they are passionate about. They’re required to spend a minimum of 80 hours investigating the problem, creating a plan, and implementing it.
For her Gold Award project, Myranda focused on discipline in the education system. She designed and created a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) store at Inkster Preparatory Academy. She felt that in today’s society, children are not motivated to do well in school, and school staff spend more time punishing children for the mistakes and wrong decisions they make. Instead, she believed, they should reinforce a positive attitude by rewarding them for good behavior. The store works by students who do good deeds or are well behaved in the classroom setting (i.e. helping another student, turning their homework in everyday for a week, etc.), earn “Tiger Tickets” and are able to spend those tickets in the PBIS store for various rewards. For example, students can earn a range of incentives from pencils and pens, to skipping the lunch line, to 15 minutes of extra recess. The overall goal is for students to improve their grades, behavior, citizenship, expectations, and attendance using “prevention not punishment.” There was a grand opening for the store, and about nearly 100 students came to the celebration.
“I learned the importance of motivators, improved my confidence, developed better communication and decision-making skills… but most importantly, I learned that I can get the job done.”