Claudia Mesa of Cary earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
For her Gold Award project, Claudia worked closely with the Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network, which maintains a day center for homeless citizens to eat, shower, get mail, store belongings, do laundry and receive case management services.
Claudia wanted to offer children a structured and fun learning environment when they utilize the network’s playroom. She began volunteering at the day center and planned and led educational activities.
After receiving donations, Claudia put together 12 baskets filled with books and activity ideas to be placed in each residential apartment at the network. Claudia also created a binder with educational worksheets. Claudia is the daughter of Wilfredo and Dalia Mesa and is a senior at Apex High School. She is in Girl Scout Troop 163.