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Silver Award Girl Scout, Mackinna Campbell

Silver Award Girl Scout, Mackinna Campbell

Dance Classes for All

Mackinna is a dancer and she knows firsthand that some of the benefits of this athletic art form are positive self-esteem, physical fitness, and socialization. Mackinna discovered that children that are exposed to these types of mental and physical health benefits at an early age are more likely to become mentally and physically healthy adults. Having this knowledge, Mackinna decided to merge her passion for dance with her interest in childhood health to create an afterschool dance club for children in 3rd and 4th grade.

Mackinna worked with her project advisor, who is an educator, to create lesson plans for each club meeting. They came up with 6 weeks worth of lessons that culminated with a final performance for the children’s families and friends. To track her progress and impact that her project was having, Mackinna took notes during each meeting, notating changes and improvements to make for subsequent dance lessons based on the children’s reactions. Mackinna shared her lesson plans and curriculum with other area elementary schools and community organizations so that they might start clubs of their own.

When asked what advice she would give to others pursuing their Silver Award, Mackinna said “Believe in yourself. If there is something you want to do for your community, go for it, don’t be proud of what you did because in the end, no matter what you did, if your project involved your whole community or only a small part of it, you made a difference.”