Megan Alam, a senior at Academy of Science and Technology at The Woodlands College Park High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. 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, Alam built a large, durable prep table, complete with storage and sink for Interfaith of The Woodlands’ Veggie Village. The prep table provides a convenient and central location for volunteers to wash and package the more than 4,000 pounds of produce annually.
Alam started volunteering with Veggie Village when she was in middle school and earned her Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout in middle school can achieve, for developing an education nutrition kit for kindergartners and designing and building a portable garden that could be used in conjunction with the kit to bring gardening to elementary school-aged children.
“It wasn’t until I began working on another Girl Scout project, building global buckets to help sustain the crops while the Veggie Village beds underwent solarization, that the garden lacked a vital component – a central place to wash and package the produce for distribution to the pantry,” said Alam.
Alam started her Gold Award project during her 9th grade year, talking with Veggie Village volunteers to determine their needs. During her 10th grade year, she received approval to commence her project and she began working on the plans for the station and obtaining materials.
“Due to the size of my project, construction with help from my volunteers took many session and ultimately culminated in the installation workday this past spring,” said Alam. “I passed along my experience locally by speaking to other Girl Scouts and more widely, by creating a website. I am happy that I was able to play a part in helping Veggie Village provide nutrient-rich, unprocessed, organize produce to families, children and elderly in my community.”
The prep-station is a large stand-alone structure that has more than 20 square feet of tabletop, a sink for cleaning and a storage underneath for items used for harvesting. The table is constructed of durable materials to withstand heavy use and the elements. In addition to functionality, the design is aesthetically pleasing and matches the other structures located on the property.
Alam’s project impacted more than 7,000 families, the number of families served by Interfaith of the Woodlands in 2015.
After graduation in May, Alam will pursue a biology degree. She aspires to be an obstetrician/gynecologist and wants to contribute to the field of women’s and infant health.
To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, which turns 100 in 2016, visit www.girlscouts.org. And for more information about the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, visit www.gssjc.org.