Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Celebrating Girl Scouts, like Grace, who change the world!

As you all may know by now, this year we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the highest, most prestigious award in Girl Scouting, the Girl Scout Gold Award. On June 5, we honored 86 incredible young women who have made a meaningful and sustainable impact in their communities and beyond. I continue to be inspired by all their hard work and passion. Because of them, our future is so bright.

It’s an exciting time this year as we celebrate the Gold Award Centennial. Not only did we have a record number of girls this year earn their Gold Award, but one of our own Gold Award Recipients, Grace Anne Herrick of Newtown, was one out of eight girls chosen across the country to showcase her project today in D.C. at Girl Scouts of the USA’s Capitol Hill Event.

From left to right: National CEO Anna Maria Chavez,
U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Grace, and
National Board President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan
at the celebration today!
Grace and other 2016 Gold Award Recipients across the nation will join National CEO Anna Maria Ch├ívez, National Board President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, members of Girl Scouts’ Honorary Troop Capitol Hill, and other leaders from both Congress and the administration to celebrate the centennial. 

For her Gold Award Project, Grace addressed two issues: lack of education and lack of health for children under the age of five who live in rural Nakaseke, Uganda. Grace has developed an early education program for the children of Uganda with the help of ACCESS (African Community Center for Cultural Sustainability). The community is so excited about the program that there is a waiting list. Grace will continue her work as an adult and hopes to build a school where more families can participate.

We have so many incredible girls who are doing amazing things across the state. I encourage all of you to take a look at this year’s Gold Award Recipients and continue to join us as we celebrate 100 Years of Changing the World.

Go, Grace!

Yours in Girl Scouting,

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