Girls create caps, develop reading program

Several local Girl Scouts have earned Gold and Silver awards, the first- and second-highest achievements in girl scouting. Here’s what they did for their projects.

Gold Awards

▪ Carly Burnette of Raleigh partnered with North Ridge Elementary to create Reading Buddies, a program that offers tutoring for elementary school students with the goal of reducing illiteracy rates early. Carly organized Millbrook High School students to serve as tutors once a week, who will read to the children, listen to children read or help with homework.

Carly also held a book drive, collecting more than 400 books to create classroom libraries at North Ridge. She sorted and delivered books to a storage area, where the teachers were able to select books for their classes. The Millbrook Interact club has also committed to continue the program.

Carly is the daughter of Barry Burnette and Katie Morris. She’s a graduate of Millbrook High and a member of 1836.

▪ Caroline Smith worked with other volunteers to create handmade caps for chemotherapy patients at Duke Raleigh Hospital. She coordinated and organized workshops that allowed her to teach volunteers sewing, knitting and crochet skills. The group produced 303 caps.

Caroline is the daughter of Susan Watson and Tim Smith. She’s a senior at Leesville Road High School.

▪ Kayla Klinc organized a Mission Services Weekend program through her church. The program encourages high school students to participate in projects such as making blankets for the homeless and writing cards to children who are sick, U.S. soldiers, the home-bound and the elderly. Kayla also produced a brochure about the program that can be used at future weekend events.

Kayla is the daughter of Ron and Cathy Klinc of Wake Forest. She’s a senior at Raleigh Charter School and is in Troop 616.

Silver Awards

Natalya Hall and Cheyenne Murphy refurbished and donated three picnic tables to the new playground at Knightdale United Methodist Church, where their troop meets. The girls sanded and painted the tables.

Natalya and Cheyenne also volunteered the day the playground was being built and enlisted other troop members to help paint flower pots to put on the tables.

Natalya is the daughter of David and Liz Hall of Knightdale. Cheyenne is the daughter of Shane and Tarah Murphy of Raleigh. She’s a member of Troop 210.