Three local Girl Scouts have earned their Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
Desiree Helbig of Zebulon planted a garden at the local Boys and Girls Club and taught the children there how to maintain it and use it to lead a healthy lifestyle. She planned and taught several culinary classes using healthy food choices. She also created and donated a binder filled with recipes and worksheets as well as cookbooks that children could take home to use with their families.
Desiree is the daughter of Mrs. Darcie Helbig and Mr. Charles Helbig Jr., who passed away from cancer in 2004. She is a senior at The Helbig Academy and is in Troop 331.
Sarah Ford of Apex developed a program called “Thrive: Leading a Beautiful Life in a Messy World” to teach high school students stress management and coping mechanisms. She created a leader guide, a student workbook, and videos to carry out her program through workshops, and advertised her workshops through a website and social media pages.
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Sarah is the daughter of Tim and Christy Ford and is a senior at Apex High School. She is in Troop 1860.
Dorothy Colon of Smithfield organized a cheer camp to end stereotypes associated with cheerleading and encouraged students of all ethnicities, gender, sexual orientation or physical structure to attend her camp where she taught basic cheerleading techniques. She also created a booklet on how to organize a cheer camp.
Dorothy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Colon and a senior at Smithfield Selma High School. She is in Troop 1855.