Head Cemetery Virtual Tour
Helping the people of Hooksett have better access to the history of their town, Mackenzie created a virtual tour of Head Cemetery in Hooksett. She researched historical figures and then created a virtual tour online which can be accessed through QR codes at the cemetery itself. She wrote a press release that was picked up by local newspapers and flyers distributed at the town library and town hall. She also paid for the featured monuments to be professionally cleaned.
Recent Gold Award Projects
Our congratulations to these outstanding young women whose Gold Award projects have inspired each to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities and beyond.
Head Cemetery Virtual Tour
Tackling the problems of both homelessness and the need to recycle, Kaitlyn turned nearly 46,000 plastic bags into 61 mats to be used by the homeless. She enlisted the help of many people to collect the bags, turn them into plastic yarn (called plarn), crochet them into mats large enough for a person to sleep on, and then distribute them where needed. Not only were many plastic bags removed from the waste stream, but charities working with the homeless said the mats were received with thanks.
Food Pantry Fill-Up
Realizing that hunger is a somewhat invisible problem, Emily wanted to help with the local need for food at the Hopkinton food pantry. She created eye-catching donation bins and collected hundreds of items for the pantry they would otherwise not have received. She spread the word about her effort on social media and by talking to the Rotary Club, Girl Scout troops, and local business owners, principals, church officials, and townspeople.
Destination with a Purpose at Ledge Street School
Knowing that students at the Ledge Street School in Nashua, New Hampshire, had one of the highest populations of low-income families, where there were few safe places to play outside, Katie worked with the school to create a more inviting outdoor environment for them, along with a curriculum to learn their colors. She also built benches in a gazebo to create an outdoor classroom.
South Road Cemetery Building
A deteriorating maintenance building at the South Road Cemetery building in Belmont caught Kelly’s attention, and she decided to not only spruce it up but also created a way to inform her community about how to handle grief. The full-size garage-type building has been hit by lightning and neglect. She put new siding on the building herself, installed flower hangers, and created a pamphlet on dealing with loss that she distributed to the local schools and library.
Look Up – Awareness Campaign
Getting people to “Look Up!” from their electronic devices and be more fully involved in the world around them, Audrey created a campaign to remind people to look up and away from their phones and other devices. She designed stickers for devices saying “Look Up!” and held talks and workshops designed to bring awareness to the issue. She also created a treasure hunt that encourages device-free fun.
Renewable Resources for Hiawatha Elementary School
After seeing a school with a roof of solar panels, Katherine was inspired to consider a similar project for her former elementary school. She looked into the cost and created a solar energy curriculum. When personnel at the school changed, Katherine switched gears and created a composting curriculum to accompany the school’s existing composting program.
Side-Kicks Mentoring Curriculum
Recognizing the need to provide adults a way to learn to become mentors, Amanda created an online curriculum to address that need. The Side-Kicks Mentoring Curriculum is an online source for training high schools, businesses, and volunteer organizations to give back to their communities by creating their own mentoring program to support at-risk youth.
With world concern over the collapse of bee colonies, Nora wanted to educate children and adults about the essential job done by birds and insects in relation to agriculture. She created a children’s garden at the Beaver Brook Association’s nature center with raised garden beds and storyboard. She also created a pollinator-themed escape room for families to teach kids and adults about pollinators while solving fun puzzles.
When Emma found out that a third of natural-born U.S. citizens failed the citizenship test given to immigrants seeking to become citizens, she wanted to make sure everyone has the chance to learn that information. She created a curriculum for middle school students, and visited elder facilities and Girl Scout groups to teach them about the citizenship exam. She also held a coat drive for recent immigrants in need of clothing, and created a website to share the project beyond her local community.
REACH – Respect, Encourage, Assist, Care, Hope
Having a heartfelt concern for the homeless, those on low incomes, and those in need of help, Jaime wanted to do something. She collected shoes, clothes, toiletries, and bedding to distribute, along with bagged lunches with project REACH. Her church plans to continue with the project each year.
A Mindful Girl and gIRL: Girls In Real Life
Julia wanted to counter the often anxiety-producing messages of social and other media on young girls. She designed two programs to teach young girls how to discover their own true beauty, identify toxic cultural messages, and manage stress through meditation techniques. Her gIRL: Girls In Real Life program was developed as an after-school program for second- through fifth-graders. A Mindful Girl is now a Girl Scout patch program available through GSGWM.