Over the last 100 years, young women have honed their leadership skills to earn the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award. To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of this special award, we’ll be featuring Gold Award recipients throughout the year on our website, social media, and our newsletters.
We’re honored to spotlight Arianna Tartaglia, a Girl Scout Senior from Troop #71830 in Princeton, New Jersey! Arianna worked tirelessly for 14 months to develop her project, “Ribbon Recycling: Inspiring Special Needs Kids to Cross Thresholds.”
“Ribbon Recycling” addressed the issue of finding a way for special needs kids who participate in equine therapy programs to further develop their physical and social skills, such as hand-eye coordination and asking for what they want in a fun, inexpensive manner. Many special needs children are unable to afford the costly and intense equine therapy shows already in place, and Arianna successfully created a series of six smaller, more affordable shows that local children could participate in with donated prize ribbons from top Hunter Jumper horse shows.
“The kids benefitted the most from my project,” she said, “during the riding course there were a lot of smiles, as well as a lot of learning.”
We’re so proud of the amazing accomplishments Arianna has achieved to make her community a better place!