EASTON, Conn. — Claire Elaine DeCarlo of Easton has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.
DeCarlo's project aimed to bring her community together and put a stop to the abundance of plastic bottles.
Focusing on the issue of overflowing trash receptacles at local sports fields, DeCarlo created proper recycling containers to be placed on each field and to be collected by the Easton Emergency Medical Services, which uses the proceeds to fund medical supplies.
Because of her project, the Easton Parks and Recreation Department has also imposed a fine for those who neglect to clean up after practices and games. The bins will remain on the fields for weekly pickup in hopes to reduce the carbon footprint in her town.
She is a freshman at Ithaca College majoring in biochemistry and wants to become a biochemical engineer.
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.”
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