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Bath teen earns Girl Scout Gold Award

7/10/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Cindy Berry
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Grace Berry, a member of Girl Scout Troop No. 11 of Bath, has earned the Gold Award, Girl Scouting’s highest honor. She was one of 62 young women across Northeast Ohio presented with the award June 14 during the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio (GSNEO) Gold Award Banquet at the John S. Knight Center, shown above.

For her Gold Award project, Grace created and led an eight-week-long nutrition education program with hands-on learning activities for children at the Countryside Conservancy Farmers’ Market in Highland Square. Her “Conservancy Kids” program taught children how to choose healthy foods, grow their own herbs and make food from scratch, including pickles, ketchup and jam. Grace also published a manual, which she donated to Countryside Conservancy, so her program can be recreated at future farmers’ markets.

According to GSNEO officials, feedback from participants was very positive, and she was even featured on National Public Radio via the WKSU Quick Bites radio program.

“My passion for health and nutrition and my interest in working with children really fueled my project. I wanted to spark an interest in the children about healthy eating and fitness,” Grace said. 

Grace, a recently graduated senior at Revere High School, started her Scouting career 11 years ago. She also earned her Girl Scout Silver Award and is a delegate for GSNEO. In addition to Girl Scouting, Grace is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Revere varsity tennis team and The Heartbeats Jump Rope Team. Her parents are John and Cindy Berry, of Bath. Troop No. 11 leader Sandra Plummer was also the Girl Scout leader for Grace’s mother, Cindy, when she was a teenager.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is earned by 5 percent of eligible Girls Scouts nationally. The Gold Award project is the culmination of 80-plus hours of researching, planning and implementing a sustainable plan that makes the world a better place, according to GSNEO officials.

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