Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that Rachel Kita, of Troop 60238 in South Williamsport, has earned the Girl Scout's highest honor, the Gold Award. The South Williamsport High School sophomore completed her Gold Award project titled West House Room Redecorating.
West House Room Redecorating was a project developed and executed by Kita and addressed the need to redecorate a resident's bedroom at West House. As a key part of this project, Kita not only stripped wallpaper, painted the walls and redecorated the room - she sought donations of materials from local businesses and community groups.
Through her outreach, Kita was able to fund the room redecorating project, additional materials for future painting and materials to assemble personal care gift bags for all 18 residents.
Following the completion of her project, Kita said, "there are always problems to fix, so figuring out what to do starts with identifying them."
"If others can see simple solutions making a difference in people's lives, I think they would tend to do the same thing."
The Girl Scout Gold Award challenges Girl Scouts in grades 9 through 12 to change the world, no matter how big or small their impact might be. There are seven steps to completing a Gold Award project:
Identify an issue
Investigate it thoroughly
Get help and build a team
Create a plan
Present the plan and gather feedback
Educate and inspire
"Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and this young woman exemplifies leadership in all its forms," said Jane Ransom, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania. "She saw a need in her community and took action. Her extraordinary dedication, perseverance, and leadership, is making the world a better place."
Kita plays varsity tennis and is active in Key Club, Future Business Leaders of America and volunteering with her Girl Scout troop.