Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gold Award Spotlight: It's a New Day

Girl Scout Ambassador Kennedy from Chesapeake has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor and achievement in Girl Scouting.

For her project, Kennedy focused on improving the experience of individuals staying at the H.E.R. Shelter, which provides emergency shelter for those affected by domestic violence, as well as homeless individuals. Kennedy recognized that the high turnover rate of residents and the shelter caused many of the rooms to be run down. She cleaned, painted and remodeled three rooms at the shelter. She added new bedding and sewed throw pillows to place on the beds.

Kennedy also hosted an art class for children staying at the shelter, where they made melted crayon artwork and colored pages from coloring book. Kennedy hosted this class not only to entertain the children, but also to show them that creating art is an excellent way to deal with stress and cope with the difficult situations that they may face.

“The goal of my project was to give the women and children at the shelter a greater sense of pride and dignity while they’re staying at the shelter,” Kennedy said. “It was a way to brighten their day and signify a positive change is on the horizon.”

The Gold Award requires girls to identify an issue in their 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 Kennedy to an elite group of female leaders across the country with the honor.