Claire LeFevers, a senior at St. Thomas Episcopal School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve.
The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Less than 5 percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.
To earn the award, LeFevers rallied a team of volunteers to beautify an outdoor space at Colonial Care Center in Schulenburg. She and her team built benches and tables as well as hosted a painting day for residents where they decorated large pots. The pots were later filled with plants and placed on the outdoor patios along with the tables and benches.
LeFevers also visited several churches and schools in the community asking for donated items that were included in the center’s wish list. Approximately 70 people were impacted by her project.
“Through this project, I learned that I can really make a difference in my community and in people’s lives,” said LeFevers. “I have also enjoyed helping others and working with wood, so completing this project really made sense, and most of these residents have very little money and I knew they would really appreciate what I was doing for them.”
After graduation, LeFevers plans on attending college and majoring in business.
To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, which turns 100 in 2016, visit www.girlscouts.org.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award.