Eighteen Girl Scouts in San Jacinto Council recently earned Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.
Megan A. built a large, durable prep table, complete with storage and sink for Interfaith of The Woodlands’ Veggie Village. The prep table, which has more than 20 square feet of tabletop, a sink for cleaning and a storage underneath for items used for harvesting, provided a convenient and central location for volunteers to wash and package the more than 4,000 pounds of produce Veggie Village receives annually. The culmination Megan’s project was creating a website where she could share her project. She also gave presentations to local Girl Scouts. Her project impacted more than 7,000 families served by Interfaith of the Woodlands.
Rachel B. rallied more than 25 volunteers to raise awareness about habitat loss in hopes of changing long-term actions within her community. She hosted a workshop for students in grades 2-5 where they learned about the causes and consequences of habitat loss. Each student also build their own nesting box from kits Rachel and her volunteers assembled. Once the workshop was complete, Rachel hosted a series of successful supply drives for the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to help with its mission of rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife with the goal of returning these animals to the wild. Finally, Rachel created brochures explaining habitat loss and encouraged members of her community to get involved.
Caroline D. 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 Ghana. Caroline 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. Caroline then traveled to Ghana with members of her church and worked with 10 teachers to set up the library by building bookshelves, organizing books and more.
Molly E. launched “Learning with LEGOS®”, a math workshop to teach second graders fractions. She came up with the idea after trying to think of a creative way to teach her 8-year-old brother math. Molly shadowed St. Thomas Episcopal second grade teacher Lali Lane for four months, and then, with Lali’s guidance, created an effective lesson plan. Molly also put together 25 kits with 12 different LEGO® pieces, designed and formatted an instruction pamphlet.