Monday, February 15, 2016

Carlie Daffron from DuQuoin Earns the Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Carlie Daffron from Du Quoin has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.
For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called "Help Feeding Du Quoin for the Summer", Carlie held a community food drive which collected more than 7,000 cans for her local food pantry. In addition, she and her mom served 75 Easter meals to the elderly and those in need. According to Carlie, her primary goal was to help end hunger in Du Quoin and surrounding communities.

“By completing my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I got a better feel of how many people go hungry or can’t afford to buy food,” Carlie said. While working on her project, Carlie said she gained confidence and courage to stand up and take charge of an issue that affects her community. “I love putting others first and helping out my community. I wish more people my age would volunteer in our community,” she added.

Carlie is the daughter of Crystal Winters and Brad Daffron. She is currently a senior at Du Quoin High School. She has been a Girl Scout for 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.