2011-01-27 / Top Stories

Dedicated Local Girl Scouts Earn Special Awards

P.S. 276 Silver Girl Scouts Award recipients Dominique Etienne (left) Alicia Fobbs. P.S. 276 Silver Girl Scouts Award recipients Dominique Etienne (left) Alicia Fobbs. Two local teenagers, Dominique Etienne and Alicia Fobbs, were recently awarded the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award Girl Scout Cadettes can earn. To attain this award, they must complete a series of leadership challenges and a community service project.

For Dominique’s project, “Green Tips for a Green Future,” she designed a presentation and prepared flyers with information on how young people and families can take simple steps everyday to save energy and “go green.” She worked in collaboration with Urban Neighborhood Services in Coney Island and Con Edison to complete her project.

Alicia’s project “Healthy Habits for Children” allowed her to work with DJ’s Day Care Center in Canarsie last summer as she taught groups of four six-year-old children simple exercises they could do at home. She also created a coloring book on healthy eating and nutrition.

Dominique and Alicia are founding members of the Girl Scout troop at P.S. 276. They started Brownie Troop 2070 with their mothers, Nicole Etienne and Geraldine Fobbs, when they were in second grade after their previous troop closed down. They also founded Junior Troop 2054 and Cadette/Senior Troop 2811 as they continued their Girl Scout careers.

The two 14-year-old friends, who attended separate Brooklyn high schools, previously earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award for Junior Girl Scouts, when they organized a mini-sports day for their Brownie troop. They have also participated in numerous community service projects, including collecting food for local food pantries, serving meals at the Quaker Community House, volunteering at breast cancer and arthritis walk-a-thons, planting a tree at the Salt Marsh Nature Center and annual cleanups in Prospect Park with other Girl Scouts.

Dominique and Alicia are currently involved in projects that could earn each of them the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, which symbolizes outstanding accomplishments in leadership, community service, career planning and personal development.

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