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Kate Ginder, of Cape Elizabeth, earns 2017 Gold Award


Kate’s project addressed the need for resources for children who have been diagnosed with Dyslexia, and their parents. She says that, often times, children who have been diagnosed with Dyslexia are confused and depressed, and feel alone. They don’t understand what they can’t read while everyone else can. The feeling of being “different” is not accepted, and it can be scary and isolating time for them.

To help these children, Kate produced a video called, “A Dyslexia Buddy.”
The video helps explain in simple terms what Dyslexia is, but also includes real-life stories from children of all ages who have been diagnosed with Dyslexia.

Twenty percent of the nation’s population is thought to have Dyslexia, and any people still continue to think that it is a result of laziness or mental defects. “A Dyslexia Buddy” helps dispel some of those incorrect notions, helping children, their parents, and the general public, to understand that it is a neurologically-based learning disability and that it can be overcome with the proper support.

Kate presented her video for the first time at the National Dyslexia Awareness Month Celebration, where she was also on the discussion panel. “A Dyslexia Buddy” is now being shared with local libraries and schools, in classes to help teach Special Education Teachers, and national and international Dyslexia associations.

Kate, with your ability to challenge assumptions and find solutions, you are a true innovator and we are so proud of you.

We are also thrilled to announce that Kate has also achieved a Certificate of Excellence from the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing girls in grades nine through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable take-action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities and beyond.  It requires a minimum of 80 hours of work in planning and implementing the project. Only five percent of eligible girls take the path toward earning the Gold Award, but those who complete the journey change their lives and the lives of others in amazing ways.  Learn more about all the highest awards in Girl Scouting.