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Danbury's Sharif Creates Green Team To Earn Girl Scout Gold Award

Caitlin Sharif of Danbury instituted eco-friendly events and programs at the Congregational Church of New Fairfield to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Caitlin Sharif of Danbury instituted eco-friendly events and programs at the Congregational Church of New Fairfield to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

DANBURY, Conn. -- Caitlin Sharif of Danbury led a green team at her church in an effort to preserve environmental resources to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Sharif instituted eco-friendly events and programs at the Congregational Church of New Fairfield. She organized several recycling programs for the church to reduce damage to the environment while educating church members. The Green Team will remain a part of the church in the future. Sharif will study early childhood education at Naugatuck Valley Community College in the fall. She is a 2014 graduate of Danbury High School.

A total of 61 girls across the state were honored by Girl Scouts of Connecticut for earning their Gold Award this year in a statewide ceremony last month at the University of New Haven. Three girls in Danbury earned their Gold Awards this year.

The Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts in grades nine to 12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team and making a sustainable impact in the community.

“These 61 girls are incredible examples of how a girl can truly change the world around her,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “Our exemplary Gold Award recipients have made a sustainable impact in their community through hours of hard work and dedication. Their achievements are a testament to the power of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience."

A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a statement from Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit www.gsofct.org/pages/GoldAward.php .

Girl Scouts of Connecticut serves nearly 44,000 girls and more than 18,000 adult volunteers. For further information, visit www.gsofct.org or call 800-922-2770.

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