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Ridgefield Girl Scout Creates Summer Learning Program To Earn Gold Award

Katherine Jasminski of Ridgefield has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. Photo Credit: Contributed
A total of 86 Girl Scouts earned their Gold Awards for the Class of 2016, including 40 from Fairfield County. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of America

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Katherine Jasminski of Ridgefield has been awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

To earn her Gold Award, Jasminski completed a project — which reached students in Bridgeport, Greenwich and Danbury — to address the issue of the “summer slide” that elementary-age kids face between summer vacation and the new school year.

She created an online learning program, providing activities, lesson plans and other resources, to help parents encourage their kids to continue to read and learn over the summer.

Her program was shared at the Danbury Learning Center, the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport, St. Joseph’s Parenting Center, Family & Children’s Aid, Kids in Crisis in Greenwich and the City of Danbury.

Her program will remain online for further use. She also distributed a hard copy of her program at her local library in Ridgefield.

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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