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2001-2002 Gold Award Recipients



The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts earning this award express a special commitment to themselves, the community, the world and the future.

The path to the Gold Award includes earning four Interest Project Patches, the Career Exploration Pin, the Senior Girl Scout Leadership Award, the Senior Girl Scout Challenge and the Girl Scout Gold Award project. The project requires girls to use their skills and leadership to design, develop and carry out a project that will benefit others. The combination of the girls' talents and energies with their values and convictions makes a positive difference in the lives of others.


The girls and their projects:

SU 1
Amanda M - Service Project Manager for Service Unit 1. Held team position of Service Project Manager during the 2001-2002 year. Offered 60 opportunities for service including a school supply drive, adopt a family and a blood drive. Created a monthly newsletter and service web page.

SU 6
Marybeth A - Bundles for Brave Women. Secured goods for the Women's Crisis Center in Flemington. Drives were run through local businesses, the school system and Service Unit 6. Presented the Women's Stories Badge to Junior Girl Scouts.

Leslie L - Drains to Streams. Coordinated a program to mark storm drains in Readington Township. Developed an educational program to raise public awareness of water conservation and non-point source pollution. Over 110 people participated in marking 334 markers on 36 streets.

Jacquelyn S - Building Picnic Tables for Grace Reformed Church. Organized construction teams, secured donations of materials, built and delivered child-sized picnic tables for Grace Reformed Church's preschool in Newark. Provided educational programs for the children in the preschool program.

SU 8
Erin O - Bethel Ridge Library. Created a library for Bethel Ridge, a home for developmentally disabled adults. Collected over 500 books, 100 videos and bookshelves from Girl Scout troops, book clubs, a publishing company and the community.

Morgan D - Running Towards Health. Hosted a running seminar and 5K run at Pleasant Valley Park in Basking Ridge. The event featured guest speakers who addressed the advantages of running, the prevention of injuries, and the value of appropriate shoes.

Jaclyn Rosalie G - Michelle Romano Memorial Garden. Designed and planted a garden honoring the memory of Michelle Romano, a Girl Scout leader who passed away after battling cancer. This permanent memorial is located at Bethel Ridge. The residents at Bethel Ridge now have a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Caroline G - The Sophie Project. Named after her grandmother, project benefits child heart patients in Poland. Learned to sew and assisted by the women of St. James Parish, donated thirty handmade stuffed animals and nightgowns to hospitals in Poland.

Margaret M - Michelle Romano Memorial Garden. Designed and planted a garden honoring the memory of Michelle Romano, a Girl Scout leader who passed away after battling cancer. This permanent memorial is located at Bethel Ridge. The residents at Bethel Ridge now have a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Jacqueline S - Blood Drive. Addressed the blood shortage by increasing blood donations and attracting new donors. 72 pints of blood were collected.

SU 12
Jenny A- Leading Brownie Troop 205. Year long project of organizing and leading Brownie Troop. Brownies earned Try-Its, ran a book drive for Agape House and went camping.

Melanie F- Project Cinderella. Addressed the increasing cost of attending a prom and alleviated some of the expenses. Collected over thirty gently used prom dresses. Dresses were distributed locally and to Project Cinderella in Alabama.

Kristen H- Painting Somerville Fire Hydrant Patriotic Colors . Promoted patriotism and enhanced her town's beauty. Obtained permission from town council, Elizabethtown Water Company and the fire department. Secured donations of supplies. Along with a team of Older Girl Scouts, painted 77 fire hydrants red, white and blue.

Rachel L- Summer Food Bank and Animal Shelter Drive. Addressed the decline in food bank donations during the summer months. Over 1,100 pounds of food was collected and donated to the Somerset County Food Bank and the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter.

Kimberly O- Safety Sense Workshop. Organized a Safety Sense Try-It workshop with the Somerville Fire Department and Police Department. 100 bears were dressed in gauze and ribbons and donated to the National Burn Victim's Foundation.

SU 13
Ashley G- Girl Scout Uniforms for the Less Fortunate. Collected preowned Girl Scout uniforms and handbooks. Items were donated to areas where girls do not have the luxury of buying new books and uniforms.

Keely S- Cultural Diversity Program and Mentoring. Promoted the need to learn about and appreciate other cultures. Planned a program with six speakers from various faith backgrounds. 200 people attended the presentation and participated in small group discussions. Tutored three young refugee girls by assisting them with homework and taking them to Liberty Science Center.

SU 14
Danielle F - Helping Hands for Hunger. Organized four churches to donate casseroles, canned goods and desserts to S.H.I.P. once a month for a year. 102 casseroles were collected, providing over 800 meals to local people in need.

Laura M - Bike Safety Day. Promoted awareness of safe riding habits to children of all ages. Created packets of information about laws and regulations regarding bike riding. Bridgewater Police Department inspected bikes and evaluated participants on a riding course.

Elyse P - Organizing and Running Daisy Troop 893. Led Daisy Troop 893 at Johnson and Johnson. Daisies were introduced to the world of Girl Scouting and earned all Learning Petals. Daisies participated in sock puppets, crafts, community service projects, story telling and singing.

Corey S - Organizing and Running Daisy Troop 893. Organized a Daisy troop at the Johnson and Johnson Childcare Center. The girls learned about Juliette Low, the promise and law. Activities included games, crafts and service projects for the VA Hospital.

SU 15
Beth A- Prettier Parks for People and Pets. Addressed the problem of dog walkers not cleaning up after their pets. Built cleanup site consisting of wooden boxes and plastic bags conveniently located near garbage cans.

Michelle B - Learning Adventure Camp. Addressed the lack of educational summer programs available to lower income families. Developed and implemented a summer learning camp for 30 children ages 4-12, during July and August. Activities included math skills, stories, songs, games and theater.

Sara S - Prettier Parks for People and Pets. Addressed the problem of dog walkers not cleaning up after their pets. Built cleanup site consisting of wooden boxes and plastic bags conveniently located near garbage cans.

Kathleen W - Christ Church Youth Group Leader. Organized and ran Christ Presbyterian Church's Youth Group. Provided a great opportunity for children to make friends in a safe environment. Activities included Christmas pageant, talent show, dances, sporting events and community service.

Danielle W - Dancing the Night Away. Hosted a dance party for Junior Girl Scouts that benefited local animal shelters. Participants donated pet supplies. Organized a pet supply drive at Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School.

SU 17
Rachel A - Painting Fire Hydrants Red, White and Blue in Hillsborough. Responded to the need to show patriotism and beautify the community. Obtained permission from Elizabethtown Water Company, fire department and Mayor's office. Secured donations of paint and supplies. Painted 43 fire hydrants in patriotic colors.

Amanda B - Food Throughout the Year. Addressed the need for food bank donations during non-holiday times. Organized six food drives at local supermarkets. Created handouts containing information about the food bank and current sale items. Collected over 3,600 items for the Hillsborough Food Bank.

Anne C - Nursery Management. Organized the nursery program at St. Joseph's Church. Coordinated volunteers and supervised children during mass. Designed a book of lessons for volunteers to use with the children. Parents will feel good about putting children in the nursery during mass because the children will still learn about their faith even though they are not at mass.

Rachel F - Food Drive and Food Bank Education. Organized food drives in Temple Beth-El nursery school and Goddard School. Prepared and presented food bank education program and the Healthy Habits Try-It for Brownie troops in SU 17. Over 1000 items were collected for the Somerset County Food Bank.

Katy J - Winter Break Activities for Shelter Children Organized and presented activities for children in the FISH Hospitality Program during school breaks. Activities included crafts, stories, songs and games. Created hand-painted tote bags for FISH's gift program.

Marissa K - Nursery Management. Organized the nursery program at St. Joseph's Church. Coordinated volunteers and supervised children during mass. Collected donations and assembled art gift bags that were distributed to the children of the Interfaith Hospitality Network during their stay at St. Joseph's Church.

Katie K - Blood Drive with Somerset Medical Center. Addressed the importance of a steady and stable blood supply and encouraged regular donations. Organized a two-day blood drive that benefited many people in the community.

Katelyn P - Nursery Management. Organized the nursery program at St. Joseph's Church. Coordinated volunteers and supervised children during mass. Created age appropriate program boxes for nursery volunteers to use with the children.

Ashley R - Smart Art. Planned an "Artistic Crafts" workshop. Responsible for writing a lesson plan, obtaining all necessary materials as well as implementing the plan. Junior Girl Scouts learned about various art media and the opportunities available to Older Girl Scouts.

SU 18
Christine B - Butterfly Garden at Village Elementary School . Researched, designed and planted butterfly garden for Village Elementary School. Designed educational booklet that will be used as part of the second grade science curriculum.

Elizabeth H - Wildlife Interest Learning Day (WILD). Created awareness of the needs of local wildlife resources. Organized a wildlife education day for younger Girl Scouts that taught identification skills and how to attract wildlife. Program was presented in conjunction with Mercer County Wildlife Center, which provided live wildlife displays.

Congratulations to All!


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