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Local Girl Scout Hosts a Book Club for Grade School Students And Earns the Girl Scout Gold Award
Girl Scout Kelly K. organized and conducted a book club for fourth and fifth grade students from Thornwood Elementary School to earn Girl Scouts highest award, the Gold Award. It is a significant honor to earn the Gold Award. Girl Scouts who earn this award have demonstrated leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete all the requirements for the award. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. A major component of earning the Gold Award is planning and completing a Gold Award Project that is a service to the community.
With the help of the National Honor Society at Stratford High School and some local Girl Scout troops, Kelly met with the elementary students twice a month for one hour after school. “The students enjoyed discussing a different book each time we met,” said Kelly. “The books were provided through donations and were theirs to keep. The students also participated in a craft project relating to the book discussion.”
Kelly enhanced her leadership qualities through the process of completing her Gold Award. “If I set my mind on achieving a goal, I must be prepared for anything,” she said. “I also learned that it is more efficient to have a plan in place before starting any project.”
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