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Girl Scout Helps a Food Pantry Go Tech and Earns the Gold Award

Girl Scout Katherine W. undertook a mammoth task for her Gold Award project by converting the Fair Haven Food Pantry’s card data collection system to a computer database. After she completed the conversion, she also spent two weeks training the adult volunteers how to use the database. In addition, she also conducted three food drives, which netted 400 food items.

"My grandmother has been a volunteer at the food pantry for more than twenty years," says Katherine. "I have volunteered there since I was eight years old. I knew many of the existing volunteers and I wanted to show them how technology could make their volunteer activity easier."

It is a significant honor to earn the Gold Award. Girl Scouts who earn this award have demonstrated leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete all the requirements for the award. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. A major component of earning the Gold Award is planning and completing a Gold Award Project that is a service to Girl Scouts and/or the community.

Katherine's parents were impressed with her dedication to her project. "Katherine's choice for her project shows her commitment to the community," says mother Candice Twyman. "She has an intrinsic desire to be of service to others."

Katherine, who is a member of the school band and the National Honor Society, attends Westside High School. She plans to become a nurse.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

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