Thursday, August 23, 2012

Martha Grace Earns Gold Award

Martha Grace, a senior of American Christian Academy and a member of Troop 4002, recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award for her project Path to Reading. With almost one in four people in Tuscaloosa considered illiterate, Martha Grace established a program to bring tutoring programs into the library and schools in Tuscaloosa. Not only did Martha Grace create a protocol for schools and tutors to use in the future, she also tutored four girls. Based on reports from the girls’ teachers, Martha Grace learned that the girls improved fluency and general mechanics, vocabulary and they were able to read sixth- and seventh-grade level books.

“I went into the project thinking that the solution was simply more tutors, but I learned that the problem was so complex that it needed a better solution,” said Martha Grace. “I think my tutoring packet will help address the problem and will work for the school system.

Martha Grace is the daughter of James and Paige of Tuscaloosa.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is highest level of Girl Scout achievement. This award recognizes Girl Scout Senior and Ambassador’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.