Thursday, August 11, 2016

Kira Mantz from O'Fallon Has Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Kira Mantz from O’Fallon has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. 

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Waste Not, Want Not, Kira partnered with State Park Food Pantry. She realized there was a need for an inventory control system for when the pantry moved into their new building. Kira created an operation system, purchased tables, wrote a training notebook with all the plans, labeled shelves and typed food safety information. In addition, she hosted a flash mob/toiletry drive, started a blog and held a work day for her troop.

This Girl Scout Gold Award project was a great learning experience for Kira. “Most importantly, I appreciate all the leadership skills I gained while in Girl Scouts; they helped me through the entire project,” said Kira.

Kira is the daughter of Ryan and Becky Mantz. She is currently a sophomore at O’Fallon Township High School. Kira has been a Girl Scout for 10 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 5 percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.