Sharing Global Lens with Kiwanis

Recently I had the opportunity to be the guest speaker at a Kiwanis meeting. At this meeting, I shared the inspiration behind and goals of the Global Lens Club.

The following is what they had to say in their newsletter:

"Vice president Lee Henderson-Hill introduced today’s speaker Girl Scout Kathryn Thomas. Kathryn is a junior at HHS and is working on her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. She has established a new program at HHS that was inspired by her participation as a delegate for the Girl Scouts at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women last March.

The new club Kathryn established at HHS is called the Global Lens Club. The club is set up to discuss global issues in a collaborative setting. The issues to be discussed are based on the seventeen UN Sustainable goals. Her club is also working on local service projects like building and setting out a little library, river and hiking trail clean up in Pisgah National Forest and a stop hunger now event.

While at the UN conference, Kathryn noticed that a number of high schools in

the country have similar clubs, but none of the county schools here do. So she

decided to begin one at HHS for her Gold Award project.

The mission statement of the club is: “To learn about global issues in a collaborative setting, and then apply the knowledge into hands on projects to make our world a better place, and finally to develop a new set of eyes to look at the world with, form strong voices to tackle these global problems, and grow into global citizens.”

Kathryn has prepared handouts for each of the seventeen UN goals. These

handouts can be seen at She said about 20 HHS students attend each bi-weekly meeting with several helping her manage the new club.

This is a very impressive young lady, and we were fortunate to hear her talk

about her Gold Award project."

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