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Living - February 8, 2008

Girl Scouts' path to gold

Nine girls of Troop 452 earn Gold Awards

New benches, teaching kits, food for the needy - Girl Scouts in San Ramon Valley High School's Troop 452 saw these needs and filled them to earn their Gold Awards, which were presented Jan. 5.

The Scouts and their projects were as follows:

* Kelly Bull and Molly Enzminger designed, created and supplied pre-school phonics kits to 23 state run preschools in Richmond. Each phonics kit consisted of a teacher tool kit, an individual learning center, and coloring pages for each letter of the alphabet.

* Jenna and Julie Famular and Mary Sampson ran a holiday gift drive for the teens in Juvenile Hall helping to ensure they did not feel forgotten during the holiday season. They collected and sorted gifts and baked 650 cookies for a holiday celebration luncheon on Christmas Day.

* Jill Murphy ran the Tri-Valley food drive filling the food pantries with nonperishable food for the year, and she also provided a nutrition education center for preschoolers.

* Katie Mulloy provided materials and toys for the Early Learner's Fair in Richmond, a fair for approximately 500 preschoolers and their families who are not otherwise receiving preschool services.

* Julia Petraglia helped get two Girl Scout Troops (a Brownie Troop and a Junior Troop) off and running at Peres Elementary School in Richmond as she provided materials and ran a meeting for each troop to complete a nutrition badge.

* Leah Wilke designed and made two wooden benches, planted two trees, and led informational walks on the Iron Horse Trail informing local residents about what they can do to save the environment.

The girls celebrated with family, friends and guests at a dinner and ceremony at San Ramon Valley High on Jan. 5 where their pins were presented by longtime troop leader and mentor Shirley Bull. The next day was a formal ceremony at Crow Canyon Country Club with an elegant luncheon hosted by the Girl Scouts of Northern California Council. The girls receiving their Gold Awards had an opportunity to speak briefly about their projects to the more than 250 guests assembled. The ceremony also marked the completion of 13 years of Girl Scouting.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement for Girl Scouts ages 14-17 or in grades 9-12. It symbolizes outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, career planning and personal development. Prerequisites can take two to three years to complete, then each girl designs and leads a project that takes at least 65 hours and includes leadership, community service and organizational components.