FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Isabella Carrano of Fairfield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
Carrano's Gold Award Project, “Close the Gap,” addressed the achievement gap in schools. She focused on raising awareness of and limiting the effects of the achievement gap so all children can thrive in schools.
She created a club with members from throughout her school and recruited tutors to work with students at Caroline House of Bridgeport on their reading and math skills. The Caroline House Club will continue to exist for years to come.
Although undecided on a career, Carrano plans to pursue a career that helps others.
Celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, the Gold Award requires a high school age Girl Scout 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. Nationally, only 6 percent of Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.
The Girl Scouts all began more than 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon Low, who believed in the power of one girl. Girl Scouts of Connecticut are now more than 52,000 members strong. They are part of a sisterhood of 2.7 million around the globe.
“Since 1916, approximately 1 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.”
For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, click here.
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