Katelyn Potts of Irmo and Ella Blalock of Columbia have been named Gold Award Girl Scouts.
Potts has a passion for teaching children about the importance of gardening and healthy eating. She partnered with a local daycare center in Irmo to teach children about gardening through song. Potts built two garden containers and allowed the children to use the garden to make healthy snacks. She is one of nineteen Girl Scouts in 22 counties to earn the highest Girl Scout award, this year.

Blalock saw a need to develop an outdoor space for students who have taken on the new normal of a virtual world. Her Gold Award project created a space for children to learn in an outdoor classroom. There children learn about plants and gardening, while escaping screens for a while. The outdoor classroom includes desks made by Blalock.

The Gold Award is earned by a high school Girl Scout who works to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Whether it’s on a local, national, or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide solutions to significant challenges.

Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good. Gold Award Girl Scouts develop a plan based on community needs and work 80 hours or more to implement a self-sustaining solution.

In the upstate and midlands of South Carolina, Girl Scouts are served by Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, call 1-800-849-GIRL or visit gssc-mm.org.

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