Gold Award Girl Scout Highlight - Ruby W.
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Gold Award Girl Scout Highlight - Ruby W.

Washington, Ruby

1.    What was the name and purpose of your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award Project, I had the opportunity to create a commemorative garden in front of the Whitesboro Grammar School (Old Whitesboro Schoolhouse) in Whitesboro, NJ. My motivation for pursuing this project was to inform the community and its youth of the history of the Whitesboro Grammar School. I wanted to bring attention to this landmark by updating the flowerbeds in front of the building and by creating a brochure that described its history. I designed a brochure that was distributed during my project’s dedication ceremony and is currently made available to anyone entering the Whitesboro Grammar School. The Whitesboro Grammar School is used for various community purposes, and copies of my brochure are placed at its entry. The brochure explains the historic significance of the segregated one-room schoolhouse and the town’s ties to Booker T. Washington and Whitesboro’s founder, George Henry White. The role of the Whitesboro Grammar School is underappreciated, and its rich history goes unnoticed.

I worked with the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, a nonprofit that manages the building, and with their support, I was able to gather donations from local businesses, such as Cape Shore Gardens, The Home Depot, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and Wal-Mart as well as receiving gardening assistance from members of my Troop #46175. I am proud of the visibility that my project created for the Whitesboro Grammar School and to play a role in educating the community and younger generations about it.

2.     What sustainable impact did your Gold Award project have on the community?

Copies of my brochure are available at the Whitesboro Grammar School for visitors to read, and I created a scrapbook for the Girl Scouts in my troop to illustrate the steps taken to complete the project. I also created a landscape maintenance plan for the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro who manages the building.

3.    What insights/takeaway did you gain from your project? 

From this project, I learned the value of patience and persistence. Planting the flowerbeds took a significant amount of time to weed, plant, and continually water. I had to submit proposals and meet with local businesses to receive donations for the plants and equipment. I researched the history of Whitesboro, NJ, that I incorporated into my brochure.

4.    What is your favorite memory from your time working on your Gold Award project?

My favorite memory from my time working on my project was having my fellow Girl Scouts from my troop help with the planting of the flower beds. This was a significant amount of work, and I really appreciated having them there to help. They brought energy and enthusiasm and were eager to contribute to the project.

5.    Anything else you'd like to share?

I am currently a sophomore studying Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. This project allowed me to develop skills in problem-solving that I still use today. I want to thank my troop, Troop #46175 for all of the support and guidance that they provided me. I encourage younger Girl Scouts to have determination and strength when facing challenges.