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More than 800 Girl Scouts earn big honors for improving local communities

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- More than 800 local Girl Scouts earned a big honor on Monday.

Thousands of people filled the Cooley Auditorium at MATC for the annual "Highest Awards Celebration."

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast gave out Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards to scouts who identified issues they were passionate about and took on a project to improve communities. 

“At Girl Scouts we believe in the power of girls and are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of these confident, dedicated, forward-thinkers,” said Christy Brown, CEO, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. “These young women have completed projects that will make a long-lasting impact on their communities and the world.” 

This year’s Girl Scout Gold Award recipients provided sustainable solutions to help change the world with projects such as:

  • Installing literacy trails in Milwaukee, Haiti, and Kenya to engage children in early reading development and educate parents how to be involved in their child’s efforts.
  • Building a wheelchair accessible garden table and developing a gardening program at a local nature center.
  • Holding a conference for girls in grades 8-12 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, educating them about career options in mechanical, electrical, industrial, and software engineering fields.
  • Creating mental health awareness by educating middle school students about depression and anxiety and providing materials for teachers to use for continuing education.

CBS 58 Morning News anchor Jessica Tighe emceed the event. 

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