FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The Fairfield Board of Selectmen recently issued proclamations to Caroline and Isabella Carrano, who both earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award that a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.
This award is given out to less than 6 percent of all Girl Scouts. The Gold Award requires at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in the community. After completing prerequisites, each girl must plan, implement and lead a unique project that addresses a community issue and improves lives.
Caroline Carrano was a Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scout in Troop 2107 at Riverfield Elementary School. She was active in Troop 32054 as a cadette, senior and ambassador Girl Scout in grades six through 12.
For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Caroline worked on a project during her senior year to encourage middle school students to continue with music in high school. As a result of Caroline’s Gold Award project, FLHS has a record number of 9th grade band students this year.
Beginning in kindergarten at Riverfield Elementary School, Isabella Carrano has continuously been an active member of Troop 32074, from kindergarten through her senior year at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Isabella created a relationship between her school and the Caroline House, a nonprofit organization in Bridgeport. Isabella raised awareness of the achievement gap and encouraged high school students to tutor children in reading and math after school at the Caroline House. Classroom teachers in Bridgeport a greater willingness to learn in their students after their experiences with the high school tutors.
“It is so rewarding for our community to recognize these girl scouts-and those before them-for working hard to achieve this high honor," said First Selectman Mike Tetreau. "Not only are the recipients of this prestigious award well-rounded individuals, but they have already acquired key skills that set them apart as community leaders. I want to thank the national and local Girl Scouts for all they do.”
Cathy Carrano, Girl Scout Leader for Ambassador Troops 32074 and 32054 and mother to Caroline and Isabella, said, “It is important to increase awareness of the Gold Award and encourage girls to continue in Girl Scouts. Girl scouting builds courage, confidence and character helping girls make the world a better place.”
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