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Darien Girl Scout Earns Gold Award For Blogging About Senior Citizens' Work

Valerie Le 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. — Valerie Le of Darien has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

To earn her Gold Award, Le created a blog titled, “Citizens of Atria,” which showcased different senior citizens in her community.

The blog consisted of a collection of posts on each individual with their picture and a piece of writing -- whether it was a funny anecdote, advice or a personal reflection. She also created a photo book to share a physical copy of the blog with the senior center.

With her project, Le hoped to give seniors the opportunity to share their story and to also bridge the gap between older and younger generations. Students at her local high school plan to continue her blog.

She plans to pursue a degree in communications/media studies with a concentration in graphic design, and a minor in English.

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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