Girl Scout Gold Award Spotlight: Education
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Girl Scout Gold Award Spotlight: Education

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The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting. Gold Award Girl Scouts represent a very elite group of young women with fewer than 6% of Girl Scouts earning the award annually. This summer GSWCF will honor 33 Girl Scouts from west central Florida at the annual Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony.

Started in 1916, the best and brightest have undertaken projects to improve their communities – and the world. Today, we are putting the spotlight on Gold Award Girl Scouts who created programs with a focus on education. These girls tackled topics such as summer slide, literacy, mathematics, grammar, and even preserved the history of local Native Americans. It is incredible to see the impact a group of Girl Scouts can make in their communities.

Alexandra P., Tampa

Alexandra created her Closing the Gap project to combat “summer slide” which is the critical learning loss that particularly affects students from low-income demographics during the summer break. She taught a two-week writing class for 18 seventh-grade students to further develop their writing skills. Alexandra evaluated the students individually base on a writing rubric that showed consistent improvements demonstrating an understanding of the materials being presented. In addition, she developed a website featuring her lesson plans, teaching strategies and links to resource videos. Alexandra is a graduating senior from Berkeley Preparatory School and plans to major in biology in college.

Kiley G., Riverview

Kiley worked to preserve the lost historical knowledge of the Uzita Native Americans by reintroducing them into childhood educational programs. Kiley assisted in the reconstruction of the Uzita village at Camp Bayou to provide an authentic hands-on living example of the tribe’s history and to further the camp’s mission to preserve local cultures and natural Florida. She developed a turnkey series of lesson plans and video to teach students in grades 2-5 about native Florida culture using interactive approach towards learning integrated with the Uzita village.

Megan S., Wesley Chapel

Megan developed the Getting Back on Track with Math Tutoring program to help students struggling at math pass the end-of-course exams. She set up tutoring sessions with other student volunteers after school, during homeroom and in Adult Education classrooms. As a result of her tutoring program, at least thirteen students passed the Adult Education class and recovered a math credit that was needed for graduation. In addition, her school plans to continue the tutoring program after she graduates.

Rebekah C., Seffner

Rebekah gave students access to books while promoting the importance of literacy with her Readbox project. She recruited three local businesses to sponsor the Readbox free book exchange program at their location. With a team of volunteers, Rebekah hosted opportunities to help with the construction and installations of the three Readboxes. She promoted her project through social media and with posters at local school raising awareness to the many mental health benefits associated with reading.

Samantha C., Dade City

Samantha combated technology distractions during reading and promoted literacy awareness with her project Literacy for Littles. To help children stay focused while reading books, Samantha developed a comfortable pillow with built in pockets for students to hideaway distracting technology devices. She advocated for literacy and promoted her project by distributing flyers throughout the community. With the help of a local sewing club, Samantha donated six of the pillows to the Hugh Embry Library.

Serena B., Valrico

Serena noticed students were submitting inconsistent and unorganized schoolwork to their teachers without taking the time to use proper grammar. She worked to address this issue with her project Creation of Educational Stylebook as a reference on proper and uniform grammar. She shared her book with all Hillsborough County Public Schools for students to access to address any grammar questions they may have.

Taylor G., Odessa

Taylor developed the Preschool Art Literacy Center and Art Program to give impoverished children in West Tampa an opportunity to gain basic literacy skills within an art center at the Rosa Valdez Day Care Center. Research shows that art activities can promote brain development and play a large part in helping children develop fine motor skills and improve their hand-eye coordination. She shared her art program with 160 other preschools so they too can establish a quality art program at their school.

Learn more about other 2019 Gold Award Girl Scouts.

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