Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Sarah Eversman from Swansea has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.
For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Plastic Caps, Sarah wanted to improve her school’s landscaping and show the importance of recycling to the environment. According to Sarah, she collected over 400 pounds of recycled plastic bottle caps and had a bench made for her school. She and her dad built an additional wood bench for extra seating. Finally, she created two new flower beds at her school to finish off the new and fresh look.
This Girl Scout Gold Award project was a rewarding experience for Sarah. “Through my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I learned that anyone can make a difference in their community.”
Sarah is the daughter of Edward and Claire Eversman. She is currently a Senior at Belleville East Township High School. Sarah has been a Girl Scout for 7 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.