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Wilton Girl Scout Earns Gold Award For Creating Trauma Dolls For Youngsters

Michelle Garvey of Wilton 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

WILTON, Conn. — Michelle Garvey of Wilton has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

To earn her Gold Award, Garvey's project, “Trauma Dolls,” aimed to help children at Norwalk Hospital effectively communicate with doctors, nurses and others. 

She created trauma dolls with the hope that they would provide a source of comfort for the patients to explain operations, imitate bandaging and help express how they are feeling by drawing faces on them. 

Garvey brought the dolls to Norwalk Hospital and conducted a PowerPoint presentation explaining their uses. The hospital plans to send the information to surrounding hospitals. 

The New Canaan Sewing Group and The Designs for Recovery team at the hospital will continue to work together and create dolls for patients. 

She is studying at the University of Scranton with plans to become a doctor.

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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