Milford sisters earn Scouting's highest award

Milford sisters Raeven and Jenelle Grant received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

Celebrating its 100 th anniversary this year, the Girl Scout Gold Award requires Girl Scouts in grades nine through 12 to spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in the community.

“A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader,” Scout officials said. “Nationally, only 6% of older Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.”

Jenelle created an art club to give students in her high school the ability to take free, fun art lessons. With her art club, she and her team were able to provide weekly art lessons at no charge and worked in different mediums. At the end of the first semester, each participant’s artwork was showcased at the Milford Art Council.

Jenelle’s art club helped students open their minds and create artwork in a judgment-free zone, Scout leaders said.

All of the materials Jenelle used for her art club, “Creative Imaginations,” will be used by two returning members when Jenelle graduates. Jenelle plans to enlist in the Air Force, and eventually attend college to study agriculture and engineering.

Raeven’s Gold Award Project, “Around the World in 30 Minutes,” centered on the importance of diversity and tolerance by teaching second-grade students about different cultures and countries through a number of PowerPoint presentations and other activities and games. Raeven shared her PowerPoint presentations with the elementary school teacher that she worked with, so she can continue to use them and implement them in her classroom. Raeven also provided the students with their own “passports” and stamps, and encouraged them to continue to use them as they learn about more countries in the future.

“Since 1916, approximately one million Girl Scouts have made a sustainable impact in their communities,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “We are so thrilled to honor a record number of girls this year and we are excited to see how many more incredible young women will continue to change the world in the next 100 years.”