We are just a couple of weeks away from the Gold Award Reception to honor the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting – the Girl Scout Gold Award! This year is extra special because it is the Girl Scout Gold Award Centennial! That means, Girl Scouts, just like you, have been Taking Action in their communities for 100 years to earn this high honor.
What is the Gold Award? Each year, we recognize girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable projects, marking them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.
Today, we are highlighting a few of our amazing award recipients who used their Gold Award projects to educate other students on various topics ranging from literacy to safe driving to local history.
Sarah Jane S.
Sarah Jane decided to address the issue of childhood literacy with her project, Let’s Read. In recent years, children are becoming more distracted with technology and as a result their reading and writing comprehension test scores are dropping. Sarah Jane worked to create a library at her local church as a safe place for families to visit and for children to read. The library was made possible with the generosity of book donations from family, friends and church members. The church plans to sustain the library after she graduates. Sarah Jane is a senior at Osceola Fundamental High School.
Knowing that many students cannot afford the costly assistance of a math tutor, Maysen created Maysie’s Algebra Initiative, a free online tutoring program made by students for students. To help students better understand math, she made ten videos covering the basic concepts of Algebra 1 as outlined in the Common Core Standards and posted them online. By working with Wilson Middle School, she was able to get her videos to the students who needed them. Maysen is a student at H.B. Plant High School and plans to pursue a biomedical engineering degree in college.
As the daughter of a teacher, Grace understands how costly it can be to keep a classroom fully stocked with supplies especially for schools in areas most in need. For her project, Tools for Title I Teachers, Grace raised money by selling t-shirts and purchased school supplies to help support Hillsborough Education Foundation Teaching Tools Store. This store provides millions of dollars’ worth of supplies to teachers each year for free. She worked with the program’s coordinator to identify supplies most needed. Grace is a graduate of T.R. Robinson High School and is currently majoring in Environmental Science at the University of Florida.
Samantha’s project, Well’s Road Safety, was created to generate a community full of informed drivers and safe roads for them to travel upon. Three local schools are located on Well’s Road which has high levels of congestion, traffic and accidents. Samantha worked with nearby School Advisory Committees and School Safety Patrols to put up road safety signs on fences between the schools and educated students on safe driving and pedestrian practices. In addition, she started a petition and met with Pasco County Government Officials to discuss widening the Well’s Road. Samantha is a junior at Wesley Chapel High School.
As towns grow older historical significance of places can become lost. Delany used her love for history to educate others about the rich local history in Ocala and the roles played the Bryant family with her project, Remembering the Bryants. Delany worked with the Historic Ocala Preservation Society, which owns the W.R. Bryant House, to create educational materials. Her video is uploaded to their website and pamphlets are on display at the house. Delany is a senior at Trinity Catholic High School and plans study law and history in college.
Nellrae hosted the Band Against Bullying concert to raise awareness on the effects of bullying. She partnered with Girl Scouts of West Central Florida to host the Older Girl Kickoff event in conjunction with her concert. All money raised from ticket sales was donated to Habitat for Humanity to help support homeless teens. Nellrae is a senior at Pinellas Park High School and plans to pursue an education degree in college.
With her passion for tutoring students, Madison, noticed a lack of student led resources for a curriculum currently being utilized in local schools. To combat this problem, she developed her project, Fifth Grade Math Help, and created instructional videos which meet the standards set by the Florida State Curriculum Guide. Madison gathered feedback on her videos from local elementary and middle school teachers and students to make sure she was meeting their needs. Her videos are now available on YouTube. Madison is a junior at H.B. Plant High School and plans to study either engineering or business in college.
Are you interested in earning the Girl Scout Gold Award? Click here to learn more on how you can Take Action!