By Mike Ferguson
The Ledger, Lakeland, Fla.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) From helping students trying to pay for college to working with the American Red Cross on disaster relief programs, the women honored by Girls Inc. of Winter Haven this year are women to be admired.
The number of those honored by Girls Inc. of Winter Haven over the years has now eclipsed 100.
The four newest honorees were recognized during the 26th Annual She Knows Where She’s Going Awards at Polk State College on Friday. Girls Inc. of Winter Haven is a nonprofit founded in 1948 that teaches girls to be “strong, smart and bold.”
Peggy Threlkel, executive director of Girls Inc., said during the 2015-16 year, the organization took in 245 girls. All of them advanced to the next grade and more than half improved their test scores between the first and last grading period of the year.
“Even when my family moved across town and I had to adjust to a new school, I still knew I would be picked up by a bus with my same friends and mentors,” said Victoria Reiter, a former Girls Inc. member who now serves as an employee at the club. “I’m proud to be part of the same club and to try to make the impact this club has made on me.”
George Jenkins Award
Marianne George was presented with the George Jenkins Award for taking on leadership roles with the Junior League of Greater Winter Haven, the parent-teacher association at Jewett School of the Arts, Girl Scouts and Girls Inc.
“I am humbled to be honored with the same women mentioned today,” she said. “To have my name mentioned in the same sentence with George Jenkins is truly humbling. To my husband, Greg, thank you for supporting me and all my activities.”