Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Katharine Housewright from St. Jacob has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.
For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Katharine made improvements to the Triad Middle School student courtyard, which was built in the 1960s and has not seen many updates. First, she brightened up the pavement with paintings of a United States map and the Preamble to the Constitution in vivid primary colors. Next, she coated bike racks with colorful and protective enamel. To help ensure a lasting impact, she researched paints that would last close to a decade. Hoping to inspire others to take action, she shared her project’s progress on social media and sent a news release to the local newspaper once it was completed. In addition, she also plans to help other Girl Scouts who want to work on earning the Girl Scout Gold Award or complete other community service projects.
“During this project, I learned how to schedule my time, make executive decisions, enforce those decisions and evaluate choices based on budget,” she said. “Going through this project has given me so much experience and has allowed me to begin a tough but worthwhile journey of bettering the world around me.”
Katharine is the daughter of J. Keith and Helen Housewright and is currently a Junior at Triad High School.
The Girl Scout Gold Award, t...