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Darien Girl Scout Earns Gold Award For Teaching Kids How To Eat Healthy

Christina Molkenthin of Darien 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 Connecticut

DARIEN, Conn. — Christina Molkenthin of Darien has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

To earn her Gold Award, Molkenthin completed a project by volunteering at a local homeless shelter and implementing five cooking classes with 20 to 30 children who participated in the after-school program there.

All of the meals she and the class prepared were healthy, affordable and easy to re-create.

With these classes, Molkenthin aimed to help the children make healthier choices when they ate, and provided the children with the recipes they created to use in the future.

She has shared her recipes and other materials with local Girl Scout leaders who will continue to run the classes when she graduates high school.

She hopes to study to become a veterinarian.

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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