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Sara Imam, of Skowhegan, earns 2017 Gold Award


Maine, like many other states, has impoverished communities that have homeless shelters, where people who are in need of assistance can go. While these shelters provide housing and food for families, they are unable to provide recreational opportunities for the children who live there. However, it’s important to the development of young children to have a safe place where they can go, either to do homework, read, or be creative.

Sara’s project took an under-utilized space in a local church that houses a homeless shelter, and turned it into a multi-purpose room for children and their families. Overcoming difficult obstacles, Sara worked hard to earn money through yard sales and securing in-kind donations from local businesses. She was able to collect furniture and carpeting, books, arts supplies, games and educational materials, making the room a comfortable, safe space for families to be together. She also started a weekly story and craft hour, hoping to encourage children to spend their free time reading and being creative.

While working her project, Sara learned that in the face of the fiercest adversity, she has the capability to achieve even the most challenging of goals.
Thank you Sara. Because of your persistence and can-do attitude, you are a go-getter who inspires us all to take action.

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.