Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Renee Wright of Holland, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Wright’s project, Reading Garden, involved building a custom reading nook for the Toddler Room of Orchard Park Wesleyan church in Orchard Park.
Wright’s project combined her passions for her church community, reading, and working with children and gave the children at her church a safe and productive space to read and play in. This process involved designing and creating a custom cubby unit, safety gate, and bookshelves that were themed to match the rest of the space.
Wright explained, “Every week I see the children work and enjoying the Toddler Room and using my Reading Garden during their story time. I learned how to use power tools to complete this project as well as created several new relationships within my church. I built, painted, and assembled all these pieces myself, as well as coordinated all the project donations, communications, and volunteer meetings. After the project was completed, I hosted several question and answer sessions for parents and other church members, as well as wrote an article that was included in the church’s electronic newsletter.”
“I am happy to promote early literacy within a community that is so important to me and appreciate the support from everyone who helped me during this process,” stated Wright.
Wright is the first in her community to earn her Gold Award in the last decade. As a Girl Scout Ambassador, she often aids younger troops, and hopes that the completion of her project will inspire the girls she works with to continue to serve their community as well.
By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Wright will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.
The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.
The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.
The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.
To learn more, visit gswny.org.