Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) recently announced that Olivia Bender, of Picture Rocks, will earn the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Girl Scout Gold Award, for the 2018 Gold Award class. Gold Award winners will be recognized at a May 12 event at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey.
For her Gold Award project, Bender planted native perennial gardens to support and strengthen the population of pollinator insects and birds in Picture Rocks. Perennial plants were carefully selected to attract bees, butterflies, moths and birds that face declining natural habitats. The perennials will bloom year after year helping to sustain the local pollinator community.
Bender leveraged her leadership and communications skills to encourage community involvement. Pollinator plants were donated by the Borough of Picture Rocks and members of the town who provided perennials from their personal gardens.
Bender completed at least 80 hours of work and seven steps to earn her Gold Award, which includes:
• Identifying an issue in her community
• Investigating the issue thoroughly
• Building a team to support her efforts
• Creating a plan to take action
• Presenting the plan and gathering feedback
• Taking action by leading a team to carry out the plan
• Educating and inspiring