Six Southern Arizona Girl Scouts, who made a difference in their communities through service projects, have earned the organization’s highest award, the Gold Award.
“The Gold Award recipients are part of an elite group of women who embody community leadership, whose Girl Scouting work leaves a sustainable legacy,” Debbie Rich, CEO of Girl Scouts of America, said in a news release. “... The highest awards challenge girls of all ages to take action in the community by developing projects that incorporate discovering, connecting and taking action to create community change.”
Five of the six recipients are from Tucson.
Mariah Weidner helped raise awareness about the increase of domestic violence in Arizona by organizing a Hand and Foot Walk to end Domestic Violence.
Meredith Burgess partnered with the University of Arizona to host a camp during rodeo break that taught kids about the history of the annual event.
Erika Yee’s project sought to teach the community about cardiac arrest and how to perform proper chest compressions. She made a public service announcement with Sarver Heart Center, provided training to more than 400 individuals and made an informational card to distribute at community events.
Brianna Robillard, who learned that different people have varying definitions of bullying through a survey she developed, worked with students and adults to teach them about bullying and about mutual respect.
Jadzia Caparulo worked with local organizations to host a fundraiser tournament to raise money to purchase supplies for first responders that could be used to comfort families in difficult situations.
Elizabeth Boblett, from Yuma, organized a Special Olympics and craft booth event that encouraged teamwork. Her project was meant to help educate the community about people with special needs and abilities.
Taken from the Arizona Daily Star