The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once achieved, it shows colleges, employers, and more the power of a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. Each week leading up to the Gold Award Recognition Ceremony, GSOSW is highlighting Golf Award Girl Scouts, and sharing their amazing Gold Award projects. Check out this week’s highlights of go-getting, innovating, risk-taking Gold Award Girl Scouts—young women who are changing the world!
Girl Scout Gold Award Weekly Highlights
Recognizing that imaginative or creative play improves social, emotional, language and thinking skills in young children, Madeline developed a new creative outlet for outlet for low-income children in her community. In six HeadStart daycare centers, she distributed several "costume closets" for children who might not have a chance to play dress-up. Each costume closet contains several gender-neutral costume pieces in multiple sizes that children can mix and match to create their own characters. With the help of volunteers from Rieke Elementary PTA, costumes will be collected annually to replenish and replace the costumes.
Stand Up for Safety
During three community events, Jeya and her team provided information aimed at both children and adults on how to prevent accidental deaths from fire, drowning, and poisoning. Jeya also created a website with similar information and fun activities for children to spread her message of prevention to even more people.
St. Matthew Bilingual Lending Library
Shanon addressed the issue of literacy by building a bilingual lending library at a local food pantry. In addition to constructing the shelving needed to hold the library, she and her team collected books to fill the shelves. She also left behind supplies and instructions on how to maintain and increase the size of the library.
Agriculture in the Classroom
Ashley recruited and trained fellow high school student to teach young children about agriculture and how food is raised. Ashley and her team then provided the curriculum to second graders in her local school district. She also partnered with her local FFA club to continue with the instruction during future school years.
Project “Senior” Prom
To address the loneliness and boredom residents may experience at an assisted living facility in her community, Samantha organized and ran a half-day dance for residents. With a large team of peer and adult volunteers, she provided music, activities and food for the residents to enjoy.
Beau Paysage: Beautiful Landscape
Jozie wanted to encourage body positivity, so she recruited photographers and models of all body types to create photographs for display during her town's art walk, and permanent display in local businesses. Many of the viewers responded positively, providing feedback that the photographs influenced them to view themselves as beautiful instead of flawed.
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