Photo courtesy of Hannah Wallace.
Hoover resident Mallie Lang, an eleventh-grader at John Carroll Catholic High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Hoover resident Mallie Lang, an eleventh-grader at John Carroll Catholic High School, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. Lang earned her Gold Award with her project “Assisting Superhero Siblings.” Her project focused on bringing support and awareness to the siblings of children with chronic arthritis. Lang says that siblings can often feel overlooked or feel confused while their family members are dealing with the course of the disease. She implemented the “rice bag project,” which included a rice bag with instructions on how to heat or cool it for the sick child. Lang says this provides an opportunity for siblings of children with chronic arthritis to feel helpful and heard.
“The results of my surveys show that siblings want to help their brother or sister with arthritis,” Lang said. “This project may mean nothing to people who have not gone through the struggles or heartbreak of a disease such as arthritis, but if even one family becomes closer, or one child understands that he or she is not alone, I will consider the project to be a roaring success.”
The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9-12who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable projects. For more information about the Gold Award, visit girlscoutsnca.org/gogold.
“By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, Mallie has become a community leader,” said Melva Tate, interim chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. “Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart.”
-Submitted by Hannah Wallace