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Bellmawr Girl Scouts To Host Internet Safety Event Nov. 3

Bellmawr Girl Scout Troop 30215 invites children in grades five to eight to attend a drop-in Internet Safety Event on Thursday, November 3 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Bellmawr Ballroom, 29 Lewis Avenue, Bellmawr. Light refreshments will be served.

Guest speakers have been invited and activities have been planned to educate middle-schoolers on internet safety and cyberbullying.

The Junior Scouts are proud to invite the community to this event as it marks the final step in completing their Bronze Award project.

Why Cyberbullying is Different

Kids who are being cyberbullied are often bullied in person as well. Additionally, kids who are cyberbullied have a harder time getting away from the behaviour.

  • Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night.
  • Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
  • Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.

(Source: StopBullying.gov)

Believe it or not, 87% of young people have seen cyberbullying when online. Troop Leader, Debbie Allen, said this is a “don’t miss” event. She said: “The world we live is getting more and more complicated. Advances in technology are often difficult for adults to keep up with, which increases the vulnerability of our children. Additionally, the high rates of social media and internet usage by young people has decreased the awareness of the impact of words and actions.”

The girls also feel it is important to inspire self-advocacy in young people, especially those crossing into adolescence. “They want to empower young people in this precarious time and to show them that increased knowledge breeds a better culture and a brighter future,” Allen said.

(Note: This is a “drop in” event. No RSVP is necessary.)

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Girl Scouts Host Appreciation Luncheon for Bellmawr Police, Fire & EMS

Today, Bellmawr Girl Scout Troops #30215 and #30082 hosted an appreciation luncheon to honor Bellmawr Police, Fire, and EMS for their dedicated service to the community.

Troop leader Debbie Allen said that the business community and the families of the Girl Scouts were “very generous” with their food donations for the luncheon.  Because of the amount of donations, the Girl Scouts were able to serve a full lunch that featured a large assortment of entrees and desserts.

The luncheon was held in the Bellmawr Ballroom. Among the offerings were ziti, meatballs, salads, hoagies, wings, stromboli, rice, hot dogs, cookies, brownies, candy bars, tiramisu, and water ice.

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The members of the departments took time to meet and talk with all of the Girl Scouts.

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Alexis Blackson, 13, has been a Girl Scout for five years says being a part of the luncheon today was “important.” She said: “I want to show my appreciation. They risk their lives for us so we wanted to do something special for them.”

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Megan Gordon, 13, has been a Girl Scout for six years said: “I don’t think people today realize how much Police, Fire, and EMS do for us. I took today to appreciate the sacrifice they make for us.”

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The Police, Fire & EMS brought out their apparatus so the Girl Scouts could get an up close look.

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Group Photo: Bellmawr PD Facebook

Pastor Vincent Kovlak of Bellmawr Baptist Church came to the luncheon to offer a prayer of gratitude and safety.

Pastor Kovlak prayed:

Our Heavenly Father, how grateful we are for these civil servants whom you refer to as ministers of God, who daily jeopardize their lives to preserve and protect our lives. We honor them today. We pray that as they keep us safe, so you will keep them safe – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Especially at a time when so many of them are targets of those who have no fear God or the law. May they accept our thanks for the tremendous job that they do for our good. Grace this luncheon with Your presence and bless this food. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.  

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*Article updated on 7/25/2016 at 9:00 a.m.