Zeta Tau Alpha sisters help Girl Scout sisters

ONSTED – Sorority sisters with Zeta Tau Alpha at the University of Michigan will help Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts work towards earning badges in online etiquette and safety, social innovation and financial literacy.
The “Getting Social” event, which takes place on Nov. 18 at the sorority house, was spearheaded by Angela Teeple, leader of Cadette Troop 60313 in Onsted. Teeple is a Zeta Tau Alpha alumnae.
“They were fairly new to campus and were looking for service projects they could in the community,” Angela said. “I brought my Junior girls there for a workshop and they all had such a great time and the sorority girls, many of whom were Girl Scouts, wanted to continue it.”
Stations will be set up in the sorority house for the Cadette-level Netiquette badge work which will focus on appropriate ways to use social media with safety in mind. Angela said her fellow sorority sisters will act as guides for the girls since they have a few more years of experience with using social media.
Similarily, the Senior Social Innovator badgework will involve learning how to use social media to make a positive difference.
“The girls will learn how to reach out into the community and make a positive difference with a social media spin,” Angela said.
“For the Financial Literacy badgework the girls will be able to take advantage of being on the campus to talk with members of the sorority about budgeting, what it will be like to be on their own and seeing and learning about various housing options.”
The response to the upcoming event was so good that Angela said she had to turn troops away. She said she is planning to hold a workshop in the spring for younger level Girl Scouts.
They won’t complete any badge, but this will give each group a good head start,” she said.