Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia (GSHG) honored five teens from the Savannah area, including two from Richmond Hill, for earning the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award at a formal ceremony May 5 at the Savannah Elks Lodge in Savannah.
GSHG awarded 20 Gold Awards this year council-wide. Here are the Gold Award Girl Scouts from the Savannah area:
Aneesah Dalal, Richmond Hill – Troop 30022
Aneesah coordinated a team of her high school peers and teachers, community members, and businesses to construct a display case for the ceramics program at her school. Her project highlights the work in the ceramics classes, bringing art to the halls of her school and awareness of the ceramics class to other students.
Calie Peterson, Richmond Hill – Troop 30022
Calie’s love of science and for the teachers who instilled it in her inspired her to build an outdoor classroom patio at Richmond Hill Middle School. The outdoor classroom addresses the school’s need for an engaging, outdoor learning environment, and will serve students and teachers for years to come.
Erin Donaldson, Woodbine – Troop 30580
Erin found funding and created a summer day camp program for school-aged children with special needs.
Her camp offers enrichment and socialization activities during the summer for the children and gives opportunities for expression through music and art. Her project team included local band and chorus members and other community organization members.
Anna Smith, Savannah
Anna created an annual singing competition highlighting universal values to help ease the current political, ethical, and cultural divide in her community. Localchorales choose the pieces they perform to express values that are of importance to them.
Anna also established a board of directors for her competition who will ensure the program’s continuity.
Jaiden Thompson, Hinesville – Troop 30151
Jaiden created a personal hygiene closet, a clothing closet, school supplies closet and a prize room for students, families and teachers to use at a school that serves students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders and students with autism.
Her project provides teachers with tools they can use to manage behavior, instill confidence and offer supplies to those who may not be able to afford them. Younger Girl Scouts who have earned the Silver or Bronze Award and volunteers who have earned council level awards were also honored during the ceremony.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award for in the Girl Scouts organization.