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Girl Scouts Heart of the South and Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians partner with Nobody Trashes Tennessee

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Girl Scouts Heart of the South and Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians partner with Nobody Trashes Tennessee

The two councils join Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee to offer the new Nobody Trashes Tennessee patch

Girl Scout Troops offered multiple ways to earn patches including participating in a community cleanup or by completing litter prevention educational resources

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Feb. 6, 2024 – Tennessee Department of Transportation’s (TDOT) Nobody Trashes Tennessee litter prevention campaign has expanded its Youth Group patch program to include Girl Scouts Heart of the South and Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians. The patch program initially launched in October 2023 with the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee.

“Girl Scout Troops are highly committed to community service projects and environmental education, and we are thrilled to have participation from all three councils representing the entire state of Tennessee participating in our Nobody Trashes Tennessee patch program,” said Brittany Morris, transportation program supervisor, TDOT. “Within the first two months of launching the program in Middle Tennessee, we had approximately 1,000 Girl Scouts earn a Nobody Trashes Tennessee patch. We are excited to have even more participation from Girl Scouts this year and have numerous ways for them to get involved.”

Troops of all ages have multiple ways to earn the patch including participating in litter cleanups in their community, coordinating their own cleanup in their neighborhood or school grounds, or through Girl Scout camp beautification projects. For Girl Scouts ages 12 and older, the Adopt-A-Highway program is an opportunity to earn both a patch and a roadway recognition panel for committing to quarterly pickups. Younger scouts may earn a patch by completing Nobody Trashes Tennessee educational worksheets. Patches are provided by Nobody Trashes Tennessee and do not cost the troop or individual scouts.

This spring, Girl Scout Troops are encouraged to participate in spring cleanup events in their communities, including the Great American Cleanup, which kicks off March 21 and continues through June. Observances including Keep Tennessee Beautiful Month in March and Earth Day on April 22 offer additional opportunities for troops to join existing events or conduct their own community cleanup.

“Girl Scouts are known for stepping up to do what they can to improve their communities,” said Lynne Fugate, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians. “The Nobody Trashes Tennessee litter cleanup service project is a perfect fit for Girl Scouts to give back. Not only will it have a big impact on the entire state by keeping it clean and beautiful, but it will allow Girl Scouts to be role models for their fellow citizens.”

To learn more about the program and to access downloadable educational resources, visit: Girl Scouts Heart of the South Council: https://nobodytrashestennessee.com/girlscoutshs/; Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachians Council: https://nobodytrashestennessee.com/girlscoutssa/; Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee: https://nobodytrashestennessee.com/gsmidtn/.

All residents are encouraged to show their support for a litter-free Tennessee. To find a local cleanup event, visit nobodytrashestennessee.com/events.

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About Nobody Trashes Tennessee

Nobody Trashes Tennessee (NTT) is the State of Tennessee’s official litter prevention campaign managed by Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Visit nobodytrashestennessee.com to learn more about TDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program and additional ways to get involved in helping to prevent and reduce litter through personal actions, community events, and reporting littering incidents through the Tennessee Litter Hotline (1-877-8LITTER). Join the conversation at facebook.com/nobodytrashesTNinstagram.com/nobodytrashestn andtwitter.com/NobodyTrashesTN.

About Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians

Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, offering programs that give every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of entrepreneurship, adventure, and success. The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians has more than 10,000 girl and adult members in 46 counties from southwest Virginia, through eastern Tennessee, and northern Georgia. Membership is open to all girls from kindergarten through their senior year in high school. Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. For more information, visit girlscoutcsa.org or call 800-474-1912.

About Girl Scouts Heart of the South

Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them.

Encompassing 59 counties in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and Crittenden County, Arkansas, Girl Scouts Heart of the South is headquartered in Memphis, TN with regional leadership centers in Jackson, TN and Tupelo, MS. To join us, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, visit www.girlscoutshs.org.