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Girl Scout recognized by Kennedy Center for “Small Work”

Caia Kimball Bronze Award garden 2
Caia Kimball, 11, of Concord, NH, stands in front of the garden she renovated at Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School. She is now a Bronze Award Girl Scout in recognition of her effort to make the world a better place. It is the highest honor for a Girl Scout Junior, for girls in grades 4 and 5. (Courtesy photo)

Caia Kimball of Concord renovated garden at elementary school

CONCORD, NH – Bronze Award Girl Scout Caia Kimball, 11, of Concord, was highlighted for her “Small Work” by Mo Willems, artist in residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 27. The Small Works Project recognized 50 stories of small actions by children and adults that add up to big change in the world.

Caia earned the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve with her renovation of a garden at Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School.

“The garden at HDES was incredibly overgrown and unsafe,” Caia wrote in her project report. “A safe space for children to go outside was created.”

Caia and her team cleared the overgrown plants and then planted new ones. She also made a new bench from scrap decking and pressure-treated wood, and created kindness rocks to spread around the garden. She then made a video explaining the project.

“It was back-breaking work!” she said.

Caia was also recognized last month by Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains in its Young Women of Distinction ceremony.

Those interested in seeing her Small Work story can visit

Bronze Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good. By taking action with others to improve their communities, Juniors gain important leadership skills and learn that even seemingly small actions can make a big impact.

Since 1916, Girl Scouts have answered the call to drive lasting, impactful change. Learn more about Girl Scouting at

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