Monday, April 25, 2011

Huntsville Gold Awardee Creates Garden at Rehab Center

Lauren’s Gold Award project provided the residents of the Millennium Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with a raised planter box to allow them access to gardening in their wheelchairs and walkers. By planting flowers and vegetables, the residents are able to continue their physical therapy outdoors while doing something they enjoy. Not only did the gardening project boost the patients’ morale and sense of accomplishment, it also made the center look more beautiful with the flowers placed in a central courtyard. With the help of a therapist at the center, Lauren organized fundraisers to purchase materials and recruited the family of one of the residents to build the planter box. The project taught Lauren perseverance when it took longer than expected to complete, but motivated her to do more to help others in her community. She is currently a freshman at The University of Alabama and is the daughter of Jeff and Therese of Huntsville.

The Gold Award is highest level of Girl Scout achievement. This award recognizes the Senior & Ambassador Girl Scout’s commitment to herself, her community, and her future. The girl who goes for the Gold embraces challenges, achieves excellence, and works diligently to make the world a better place, in her own unique way. Her leadership, vision, and boundless energy is an inspiration to all Girl Scouts. Each girl earning her Gold Award demonstrates excellence through a leadership project totaling more than 65 hours. Girls who earn their Gold Award are also recognized by the President of the United States, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Armed Services, state legislatures, colleges and universities for admission and scholarship opportunities, and the American Legion.