Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont is pleased to announce that Rachel Weiner of Forsyth County and a member of Girl Scout Troop 41621 has been selected as a National Gold Award Scholarship recipient from Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).
The GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship recognizes one outstanding Gold Award Girl Scout from each of the 111 councils across the United States. Recipients are selected based on their project exemplifying the core components of the Girl Scout Gold Award and demonstrating extraordinary leadership that drives lasting change within the community and beyond. Weiner was awarded a total of $2,005 in scholarships monies made possible by Insight Global, The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Kappa Delta Foundation.
For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Weiner created the Gold Garden at East Forsyth Middle School to give students a place to learn hands-on about gardening so they can go home and create their own gardens on a smaller scale. The produce grown in the Gold Garden is used in Home Economics/Life Skills classes and in science classes. As a supplement of the Gold Garden, Weiner also created the Gold Garden Booklet, which includes details about gardens and produce, instructions on container gardening, recipes to make with produce and science experiments to do with both gardens and harvested plants. The middle school has created a Garden Club to take care of the Gold Garden and has many exciting plans to expand it in the upcoming seasons.
“We are so proud of Rachel and the hard work she has put into making her Gold Award project a success,” said Jennifer Wilcox, CEO. “Being nationally recognized for her efforts is exciting, and her accomplishments will impact families and communities for years to come.”
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn in Girl Scouting. Gold Award Girl Scouts address the root cause of a problem, plan and implement innovative solutions to drive change and lead a team of people to success. As they take action to transform their world, Gold Award Girl Scouts gain tangible skills and prove they are the leaders our community and world need.