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Girl Scouts will be honored at GPAC

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The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, Girl Scouts Heart of the South, Smith & Nephew and Hutchison are hosting a reception for former astronaut Leland Melvin on Aug. 13 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hutchison School’s Weiner Theater at 1740 Ridgeway Road.

Girl Scouts will also be honored as the “spotlight charity” at a breakfast featuring Melvin on Aug. 14 at the Germantown Performing Arts Center.

Melvin is the only person to have played professional football and flown in space. Melvin was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1986 and also played for the Dallas Cowboys. When his football career was cut short by a hamstring injury, Melvin trained as an astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) and traveled on the Space Shuttle Atlantis twice. Melvin was later appointed head of NASA education and served as co-chair of the White House’s Federal Coordination in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Task Force, which developed the nation’s 5-year STEM education plan. Melvin is also the host of the Lifetime Television competition series Child Genius.

“Girl Scouts Heart of the South is proud to be a part of this informative STEM-focused program,” said Melanie Schild, Girl Scouts Heart of the South CEO. “We put a strong emphasis on STEM education for girls. Girl Scouts Heart of the South hosted a STEM Day at the University of Mississippi this spring, where Girl Scouts learned to design, build and code their very own robots; a Girl Scout Engineering Day Camp at Mississippi State University; and we have developed The Possibility Project, an entrepreneurship laboratory in Memphis, designed to help girls and young women develop their own businesses. We have also been one of five pilot councils for a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program called Engineering Your Journey. Girls participating in this program have learned civil and electrical engineering skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.”

For more information about Girl Scouts Heart of the South’s STEM programs, contact Joan Carr at (901) 334-3447 or Joan.Carr@girlscoutshs.org. For more information, contact Jeremy Park at (901) 321-1020 or jeremyp@lpinsurance.com.