Nine Girl Scouts were awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting . Each Gold Award recipient completed a unique 65 hour service project filling a need in the community she is passionate about utilizing organizational, leadership and networking skills to complete her project. The following girls earned the Girl Scout Gold Award this year:
Jennifer Carlson, Sarasota
Jennifer Carlson teamed up with Students Against Destructive Decisions to get the message out at Riverview High School about the effects of alcohol on students. She wrote and distributed pamphlets called “Alcohol: What to Know and What to Do” to the staff and students at Riverview. Jennifer also hosted an assembly on the dangers of drunk driving at Riverview bringing in guest speakers.
“My father died of alcohol related reasons and I wouldn’t want anyone else to suffer the same fate as my father.”
Laurabeth Goldsmith, Sarasota
Laurabeth Goldsmith rallied her community and classmates to build a school for 300 children in Bangladesh. The school will provide clean water, food and double as an emergency shelter in the local village. With the help of local Rotary and Kiwanis clubs and hundreds of students and community supporters construction has begun on the school. Laurabeth plans on traveling to Bangladesh this summer for the opening of the school.
“I now know that I would like to go into the non-profit world as my eventual career and I believe I would like to work on similar international projects.”
Caroline Templeton, Sarasota
Caroline Templeton created a Green Roof Educational Exhibit to demonstrate the benefits of green roofs to the environment and society. The exhibit was featured at the Seventh Annual Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference in Atlanta, Georgia and has been shown at the Rotary Club of Sarasota Bay, Laurel Park eco-fair, and to the Sarasota County water management officials, reaching over 400 people. Caroline was also featured in the fall 2009 issue of Living Architecture Monitor.
“I plan on attending Wellesley College to study geosciences.”
Frances Perry, Port Charlotte
Frances Perry wrote, produced and directed three public service announcements about Girl Scouts to educate girls about Girl Scouting. Using Girl Scouts from the teen board they created several concepts, wrote, stared in and edited the videos that will be used in schools to advertise Girl Scout recruitment.
“I plan on attending the University of Central Florida to major in film and teach other girls the beauty of film.”
Chelsea Torres, Cape Coral
Chelsea Torres created informational flyers about the proper disposal of electronic waste to distribute to her community. Working with Lee County’s Solid Waste Department she publicized local drop off days and locations for Lee County Hazardous Waste. Chelsea also provided educational materials about the environmental impact of improperly disposing of electronic waste and educated the community about organizations that provide home pick up of electronic waste.
“I evaluated what I was capable of doing and focused my project on what I thought was necessary. It took on a new goal: spreading awareness.”
Lindsay Cobb, Cape Coral
Lindsay Cobb gathered data on tree species in area parks in Cape Coral. Data collected will be used by FEMA after hurricanes incase any of the trees are damaged and destroyed. Several other city departments are using her data for other projects and created a new type of volunteer position with the city government to pass down to her sister Girl Scouts.
“I was the first non-city employee to use city equipment. Now all the trees have name plates and an aerial map of the park and description of all the trees and their locations is placed near the entrance of each park.”
Stefani Sanford, Cape Coral
Stefani Sanford worked with the children at Littleton Elementary School in Fort Myers to create sign markers for the tortoise nature trail. Stefani worked with the children to create signs to identify the native plants and provide information about the wildlife that lives on campus. Working with the teachers at the school, she was able to teach the children about the wildlife through the making of the nature trail signs.
“I learned that working with children is a joy! Also, it’s not always easy trying to organize things and make them all work out how you want them.”
Amanda Sanford, Cape Coral
Amanda Sanford created a tortoise trail at Littleton Elementary School in Fort Myers. The trail provides a safe place for wildlife away from the playground and the children while allowing opportunity for students, faculty and the community to learn more about the natural ecosystem on the school campus without destroying it.
“I think this project was successful be cause it created a safe place for the tortoises to live and the community can continue to benefit from it.”
Jessica Gross, Alva
Jessica Gross prepared and certified her church to be a Safe Place location. After the certification she held a safety festival at the church to introduce the church to the community as a Safe Place location as well as have educational materials and items available for families in the community. Working with several community partners Jessica helped provide fingerprinting and bike helmets for 75 children in her community.
“Many families were in attendance, it was a fun and educational day for everyone.”