Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) is pleased to announce that Saran Khalid from O’Fallon has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.
For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called Domestic/Elder Violence Community Awareness, Saran wanted to increase awareness about domestic violence. According to Saran, her mother works at a violence prevention center and she herself had volunteered at the center throughout high school.
To complete her project, Saran designed and delivered domestic violence prevention presentations as well as collected hygiene items that families living in the violence prevention center could use. She also constructed hand-painted shelves that the center uses for storing child car seats.
“I was able to educate my community on a very personal level about a taboo topic,” Saran said. “I also gained self-confidence through giving my domestic/elder violence presentations. Taking charge was something I struggled with, being a reserved person. This project has allowed me to find my voice with public speaking.”
Saran is the daughter of Badia Khalid-Manning and Tim Manning. She will graduate from O’Fallon Township High School in 2017 and has been a Girl Scout for 9 years.
The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, recognizes a Girl Scout's commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador must design and carry out a project that fulfills a need within a girl’s community, creates change, and is sustainable. The project must be completed with a suggested minimum of 80 hours of work. Only about 5 percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.