POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant Girl Scout Troop 190 members recently earned their Car Care Badges, gaining hands-on experience and knowledge from local professionals at a female owned, female friendly auto shop in the borough.
During a recent evening, the troop headed to A to Z Auto Service & Repair, LLP on Route 88 where with owner Jayne Ciasto, owner and head mechanic Gil Valdez, and repair technician Rob Yorio, they went over car safety, checking fluids, battery jump, brake check, checking air pressure in tires, tire safety and much more.
“It is really important for them to be independent and learn how to care for themselves and just be very self-sufficient,” Troop Leader Linda Gencarelli said.
“They learned a lot. They learned how to check and change all the fluids, touched base on how to change a tire, check the headlights and taillights and all of that, so they learned a lot of self-sufficient things that they can do on their own eventually one day.
“They are all 16, 17, so they are going to be driving soon or are driving, and will be very responsible vehicle owners. They learned about how often everything should be checked and changed, learned about rotating tires and A to Z Auto also gifted them each a tire.”
The girls had the opportunity to try things themselves and ask questions, Ms. Gencarelli said.
“Most of them are hearing this information for the first time and to be honest most of us as leaders were hearing it for the first time, so we learned a lot too as leaders, but they were very engaged in it and it held their interest and they were excited about being able to do these things on their own one day,” she said.
“They always have lots of questions our girls, and are not shy about asking them. They all got hands on too. They had two mechanics there to split the girls up since we had 12 girls to go over stuff and it was very hands on and they were very good with them.
“They were very accommodating too. They came back at night after hours and did it at our normal meeting time because our girls are very active so our meetings aren’t until about 8 o’clock at night as they are juniors in high school and most of them are in sports or clubs and all just active girls.”
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