Summer Reading Program Earns Fairfield Teen Gold Award

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Elizabeth Van Winkle of Fairfield created a summer reading program for kids at the Pequot Library in Southport to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Elizabeth Van Winkle of Fairfield created a summer reading program for kids at the Pequot Library in Southport to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Elizabeth Van Winkle of Fairfield created a summer reading program at the Pequot Library in Southport to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. 

Van Winkle designed the program to inspire a love for writing in elementary school students by creating interactive games and writing prompts for her work with the kids.

She also encouraged the students to work in groups to complete writing activities. A Girl Scout troop in Fairfield will continue the program in the future. Van Winkle plans to study English and history in college.

“These 61 girls are incredible examples of how a girl can truly change the world around her,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

“Our exemplary Gold Award recipients have made a sustainable impact in their community through hours of hard work and dedication," she said.

"Their achievements are a testament to the power of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
"We expect great things from them as they continue to thrive and succeed in their future endeavors!”

Girl Scouts of Connecticut honored 61 girls across the state for earning their Gold Award this year in a statewide ceremony last month at the University of New Haven.

The Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts in grades 9 to 12 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, according to a statement from Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit www.gsofct.org/pages/GoldAward.php.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut is the largest girl-empowerment organization in the state, serving nearly 44,000 girls and more than 18,000 adult volunteers. Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For further information, visit www.gsofct.org or call 800-922-2770.

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