Sunday, October 4, 2015

Gold Award Spotlight: Spreading Music Awareness

Virginia Beach Girl Scout Maryanne has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement in Girl Scouting.

Maryanne has always had a passion for music as it has been a huge part of her life. For her project, Maryanne created a Music Awareness Club at her school to create an opportunity for students share information about the importance of music education with the community. The club members performed at a local nursing home and handed out fliers about the importance of music education.

Maryanne also wrote and illustrated her own book to encourage young children to join band. She shared her book, “Bernie and the Saxophone,” with children throughout the community, including those who attended Vacation Bible School at St. John the Apostle Catholic Parish. Maryanne also created a blog about the importance of music education in order for her project to reach a larger audience.

“I chose this project because I am very passionate about music,” Maryanne said. “I think it’s very important for people to know how significant music education is and why it should not be cut from any school system.”

The Gold Award requires girls to identify an issue in the community and carry out a Take Action project to address the matter through leadership work. Nationwide, less than 6 percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, which adds Maryanne to an elite group of females across the country with honor.