Building and overflowing a bookcase with one Gold Award project.

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Ashley Meir, from Fort Madison, has been a Girl Scout for 13 years. She is currently a senior in high school at Central Lee High School. According to Ashley, one of the most valuable aspects of Girl Scouts has been leadership development.

As a younger Girl Scout, Ashley earned both the Bronze and Silver Awards. She is now putting the finishing touches on earning the Girl Scout Gold Award- the highest award Girl Scouts can earn. On January 14, 2013, Ashley visited Great River Medical Center in West Burlington to install a bookcase she constructed and to present a donation of 600 books geared at teens and pre-teens.

Ashley’s Gold Award project brought public schools, libraries and individuals in her local community together in an effort to collect all of these books. These books were donated to the hospital so that the patients have reading materials to enjoy during their stay.

To complete her project, Ashley is reaching out to other Girl Scouts in her area to encourage younger troops to collect donated books for years to come.

When Ashley graduates from high school this spring, she plans to continue her work in the medical field. She will  complete coursework and certification to become an EMT.

If you or someone you know is interested in working on a Girl Scout High Award, you can find more information on our website.

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