A press release said the Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council and country music icon Dolly Parton have worked together to create a new “Coat of Many Colors” patch program based on Parton’s best-selling autobiographical song about childhood poverty.
"Have you ever felt bad about being different? I’ll bet you have,” Parton tells girls in video message on tanasi.org. “But you shouldn’t—being different is what makes you special.”
Girl Scouts recognize that 20 percent of U.S. children live below the federal poverty line.
“This patch is a call to action for Girl Scouts to understand and respect one another,” said Mary Leidig, chief marketing officer for Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council. “And giving back to others is at the center of Girl Scouting.”The “Coat of Many Colors” patch program teaches Girl Scouts that everyone shares universal desires for acceptance and affirmation. Tanasi Council designed the program and is piloting it.
“Honor yourself and stand up for who you really are—those are the most important messages in Girl Scouting—and that’s what this patch is all about,” said Lise Bender, Tanasi’s director of program services.
Tanasi Council Girl Scouts who have earned the “Coat of Many Colors” patch will be honored at a special celebration at Parton’s Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge on June 13, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. in the Pines Theatre. Honorary seating will be provided for Girl Scouts who have earned the “Coat of Many Colors” patch.
After the celebration, Tanasi’s “Coat of Many Colors” patch program goes national and will be available to Girl Scouts everywhere.
“We’ve already had calls from Girl Scouts nationwide wanting information about the patch,” said Tanasi Council Chief Executive Officer Lucille Griffo. “Girl Scouts across the country and across the globe are eager to wear their own ‘Coat of Many Colors’ patch.”
Girl Scouts of Tanasi Council made Dolly Parton a lifetime member of Girl Scouts in June 2007 in an event that received worldwide media attention. Parton also hosted a special celebration for Tanasi Council Girl Scout Gold Awardees—those who have earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor.
Here’s the news video from back in 2007, when Dolly got to join the Girl Scouts.
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I hope you guys have a great weekend, too. I know there’s a lot going on, both in this area and around the country. If any of you are going to BamaJam, or any other concerts, and have pictures to send my direction, I’d love to have them to post for my readers. I like news, too…with or without accompanying photos.
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