“Western Oklahoma, Inc.”

We take pleasure in requesting the support of Impact Oklahoma for Girl Scouts – Western Oklahoma, Inc.’s environmental programming and renovation initiative at our campground near Midwest City. GS-West seeks a grant of $100,000 to renovate the Big Oak facility located at Camp Cookieland. This facility renovation would make Big Oak Lodge handicap accessible, eco-friendly with “green” renovations as well as provide funding for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming for the next two years. With the funding from Impact Oklahoma, GS-West aims to improve statistics directly related to girls and their success in Oklahoma. The need for STEM education for girls in our state is evident. Statistics show that one in four girls who start high school will not finish.
While girls perform at the same level in Science and Mathematics as boys in 4th grade, by 8th grade their scores and interest fall. NCES conclude that girls have fewer out-of-school experiences in STEM subjects, which results in reduced participation in STEM courses. Oklahoma ranks 46th in the country as great places for women to live and work. It is imperative that we provide the skills and opportunities necessary for girls in Oklahoma to build the courage, confidence and character that it takes to make the world a better place.

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