By ADRIENNE CRISSMAN
Three Girl Scouts in troop 80977 received the Gold Award at a ceremony on June 15 in Akron.
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. According to the Girl Scouts website, the Gold Award is only open to scouts in high school.
In order to receive this award, Girl Scouts must complete individual community projects in seven steps. For the projects, the girls were required to identify an issue, investigate it thoroughly, get help and build a team, create a plan, present the plan and gather feedback, take action, educate and inspire.
Daisy Corso completed her gold award project at Williamson Elementary School in Youngstown.
“I created an educational butterfly garden at the back of Williamson Elementary School. Its purpose is to be a classroom outdoor setting for children to learn about the environment for many years to come,” said Corso.
The supplies for Corso’s project were donated by local businesses.
“Fortunately, everything in the garden was generously donated from local home improvement stores,” said Corso.
Cassandra Allen did her service project for the Trumbull County Humane Society.
“I made 50 bags that each contained a leash, collar, ball, frisbee and homemade dog treats, and donated them to the Humane Society. The bags also included a flyer warning about the harms of dog abuse,” said Allen.
Allen obtained the money for her project through various donations and sponsors.
Kaitlyn Emery offered her community service at First Covenant Church at a fundraiser for the Akron Children’s Hospital.
“For my project I bought materials to make 74 10 inch by 10 inch pillows for the children at Akron Children’s Hospital so they would feel more comfortable in the hospital setting,” said Emery.
Emery and Allen have both earned the bronze award. All three girls have received their silver awards and the Marian awards.
For more information about the Girl Scouts Gold Award, visit http://www.girlscouts.org/program/highest_awards/gold_award.asp.