El Dorado Hills students earn Gold Award

By: Addie McBee
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Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) honored El Dorado Hills students Taylor Czasnojc, Michelle Koopman and Brienne White with the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award at the organization’s Girls Who Inspire ceremony. The Gold Award is the highest award available and requires girls to take action in a sustainable way by identifying issues in their communities or the world and working to resolve them for future generations.

Czanojc’s project addressed the issue of early childhood literacy and help kids develop a passion for reading. She helped address this by introducing the “Book Buddies Program” where first and second graders were paired up with high schoolers and read together at the El Dorado Hills Library.

Koopman’s project focused on the issue that not everyone who needed a bone marrow transplant had the match that they needed. Her goal was to raise the amount of people on the bone marrow registry for more people to find matches. She made an educational video about the registry and shared it on social media, designed and gave out bookmarks with information on how to sign up for the bone marrow registry.

For her project, White wanted to address the issue of helping a music school in Haiti get new instruments. She successfully collected more than 50 instruments, more than 25 music books and 10 pieces of artwork for the walls of the music school. White believes that music is a gift to be shared. She received appreciation letters from people donating instruments and “thank you” letters from the children at the music school in Haiti.

Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is a powerful and transformative experience that could entitle girls to college scholarships or an advanced rank when entering the military. Due to the commitment and effort required, fewer than five percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn this

significant honor.

Girl Scouts supports the development of Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers and Leaders - G.I.R.L. - throughout the United States, with 3.2 million active members and more than 59 million alumnae. Since its founding in 1912, women have explored new fields of knowledge, learned valuable skills and developed strong core values through Girl Scouting.  

The national organization is Girl Scouts of the USA; the local council is GSHCC. GSHCC is devoted to building girls of courage, confidence and character in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Mariposa, Merced, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties.