Saturday, May 23, 2020

Gold Award Spotlight: Be Positive!

For most kids, school is usually a happy place to be. There are friends, fun and time to learn interesting things. Unfortunately,  sometimes students may experience negativity and unhappy thoughts while at school from different causes like family issues, peer-pressure, low self-esteem and bullying. Negative feelings at school can be distracting and might even get in the way of learning. 

Girl Scout Ambassador Lauren knew she could help kids in her community have a better experience during their school day by using her talent in painting. To address this issue, Lauren created four colorful murals throughout Grafton Bethel Elementary school in York County, Virginia, that featured messaging like “Throw kindness around like confetti,” and “Great Grizzlies are respectful, responsible, safe, and kind.” 

“Through my paintings, I strived to create a positive environment in all areas of the school where children could be reminded that they are safe and respected individuals,” Lauren said.
In addition to the murals, Lauren visited the classrooms of third, fourth, and fifth grade students at the school to do educational activities and read a book about friendship.

Sometimes there are bumps in the road. Lauren got an injury from soccer while working on her Gold Award- but that did not stand in her way. Once recovered, she picked up where she left off and continued to fulfill her commitment to bring positivity to the students at Grafton Bethel Elementary.

Lauren hopes her murals to bring positivity and spark kindness for many years to come.

Thank you Lauren for making the world a better place!