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Caroline Dimpel, a senior at The Woodlands College Park High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.
To earn the award, Dimpel led her church community to donate books, including classics, encyclopedias and other didactic materials to Our Lady of the Holy Cross School, a school in Accra, Ghana established in 2006 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross Order and whose mission is to provide quality education to families that otherwise could not afford it in an effort to break the poverty cycle in those communities. Dimpel and her volunteers also created personalized bookmarks for the children to use during vacation bible school. She also obtained sponsorships to purchase new library furniture for the school.
“I traveled to Ghana with my father and my pastor, Father Pat Garrett from Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church in the Woodlands.” said Dimpel. “While there, I worked with and led 10 teachers on setting up the library by organizing all the books, building bookshelves and other furniture and any other needs the school had. I was also able to interact with the children and see the joy my work brought to them.”
More than 20 volunteers assisting Dimpel in completing her project that impacted more than 600 lives. Through earning the Gold Award, Dimpel was able to solve the problem of the school not having enough resources to provide students with books and education materials.
“I am very passionate about helping children, education, and my faith,” said Dimpel. “This project allowed me to touch those values that are core to me.”
To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, which turned 100 this year, visit www.girlscouts.org.