Friday, March 6, 2015

Carterville High School Senior Claire Rankin Earns the Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Claire Rankin from Carbondale has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called "High School and Homeless", Claire wanted to address the needs of homeless families and children in southern Illinois. She partnered with the Family Crisis Center in Herrin to increase awareness about homelessness. In addition, she developed and held a health and hygiene goods drive with the Interact Club at her high school. She also created a list of various shelters and food banks where people can go for help.

“Completing my Girl Scout Gold Award project helped me to learn to take nothing for granted,” Claire said. She added that people often take for granted the necessities for living and that there are many people who are not fortunate enough to have these necessities. “I would like to thank the Family Crisis Center for helping me complete my Girl Scout Gold Award project.” 

Claire is the daughter of Christine and Alan Rankin from Carbondale. She is currently a senior at Carterville High School. She has been a Girl Scout of 13 years.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, recognizes a Girl Scout's commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador must design and carry out a project that fulfills a need within a girl’s community, creates change, and is sustainable. The project must be completed with a suggested minimum of 80 hours of work. Only about 6 percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.