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Two Girl Scouts attain Gold Award

Michaela Price
Michaela Price

Two Triangle Girl Scouts have attained the Gold Award, which is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. This is what they did for their projects.

• Laura Gray of Cary partnered with Horse and Buddy Therapeutic Riding Program to create a sensory garden at its riding facility in Apex.

Horse and Buddy provides riding lessons to people with special needs.

Laura noticed that families of the program’s participants are often dealing with stress and busy schedules.

She felt these families would benefit from a serene place to relax at the facility while their loved ones are riding.

Laura planted a garden at the gazebo on the grounds that included painted “rock critters,” a hopscotch pattern, herbs, flowers and birdhouses.

Laura shared her project with her troop and on social media.

She also painted stepping stones to recognize those who helped with the garden.

Laura is the daughter of Richard and Haley Gray and is a sophomore at Grier School in Tyrone, Pa. Laura is in Girl Scout Troop 1799.

• Michaela Price of Knightdale created the “Celebrating Abilities” booklet and website to educate the public about the special needs community and to recruit new volunteers.

Her project was inspired by her work with Miracle League of the Triangle, a baseball league for special needs athletes. Michaela noticed that the public was not fully aware of what it means to be special needs.

She believed that if she could correct false assumptions about the special needs community, she could recruit new volunteers to the cause.

In the booklet and on the website, Michaela explains several disorders, including autism and auditory processing disorder.

Through photographs, she highlights the achievements of individuals with special needs in the arts and sports. She inspired her school’s Key Club to volunteer with Miracle League and gain a deeper understanding of the special needs community.

Michaela is the daughter of Jeff and Angela Price and is a senior at Millbrook High School. She’s in Girl Scout Troop 295