RC teen earns Girl Scouts’ highest award

Marissa Belau of Rush City recently marked a major milestone with the successful completion of the Girl Scouts’ highest achievement, the Gold Award.

To receive the Girl Scout Gold Award, girls spend at least 80 hours planning and implementing projects that innovatively address a need in the community. Each girl develops a project to match her area of interest and address a specific need in her local or global community.

To earn the award, eligible Girl Scouts in grades 10-12 must fulfill leadership, career exploration and community service requirements. Each girl must take leadership in planning and implementing her project, working with others in the community to act on her plan.

Music Sharing Program

Marissa wanted to ensure that music education, in particular choral music, would continue to be available at the high school level. She organized a music library system between several area high schools, leading volunteers in cataloging the existing collections and training in student choir members to be able to use and maintain the network.  All the choirs benefited from a larger library and are able to keep music costs at a minimum.

“The girls are passionate about their Gold Awards because it is the girls who see the needs and commits their time and talents to the betterment of the community,” Linda Keene, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, said. “When our girls achieve this level of accomplish while still in high school, we cannot wait to see what they will do for their communities in the future.”

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