Lansing Girl Scouts honored
Troop 1454 members receive Girl Scout Gold Award at annual banquet
Four members of Lansing Troop 1454 are the recipients of Girl Scouting's highest award.
Rebecca Givens, Katie Lowe, Kaitlan Riccio and Sarah Glynn received their Girl Scout Gold Awards on Sunday, March 5, at the Girls Scouts of Mid-Continent Council's annual Honors Ceremony in Independence, Mo.
Also recognized at the ceremony from Lansing was Daneen McCullum, a member of Troop 5406, who received a Girl Scout Silver Award.
The Girl Scout Gold Award, which can be earned by Girl Scouts ages 14-17, acknowledges a girl's commitment to excellence. It is designed to be the culmination of everything a person has learned and experienced in Girl Scouting and includes a series of prerequisites and 65 hours of planning and carrying out a project that benefits the Girl Scout's community at large.
For their Gold Award projects, Givens, Lowe, Riccio and Glynn all worked with other members of their troop in donating time and raising money for the Leavenworth Animal Shelter. They organized the first Pet Parade during the Lansing DAZE festival, getting local businesses to donate pet supplies for prizes, encouraging entries and raising more than $100 for spaying and neutering services at the shelter.
"As a result of this project, I learned that things aren't as easy as they seem. It can be very difficult at times to get stores and people to participate, but once the drive was started, peoples' generosity grew," said Lowe, who is a freshman at the University of Saint Mary and has 13 years of Girl Scouting experience.
Givens, a freshman at Kansas City Kansas Community College and a 13-year member of Girl Scouts, said she chose the project because of her love of animals.
"I want to do all I can to help them find a new home and make sure that they have the resources needed to take care of them," she said.
Riccio, who also is a freshman at Kansas City Kansas Community College and has 11 years in Girl Scouts, said the Pet Parade helped raise awareness for the shelter and the need to help the animals.
"The parade brought together the pet owners of the area, meeting each other on a more meaningful level. They had similar interests in their beloved friends on that day," she said.
Glynn has seven years in Girl Scouting, and graduated in 2005 from Lansing High.
The Silver Award won by McCullum is the highest award for Girl Scouts ages 11-14 and honors the efforts of girls in skill building, leadership, career exploration and self-development.