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Prayer Angels Earn Weston Teen Girl Scout Gold Award

Grace Gulino of Weston paired older members from St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Weston with children from the First Communion class to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Grace Gulino of Weston paired older members from St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Weston with children from the First Communion class to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

WESTON, Conn. -- Grace Gulino of Weston created a program called Prayer Angels to bring together generations at her parish, earning her Girl Scout Gold Award.

The Prayer Angels program paired older members from St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Weston with children from the church’s First Communion class to participate in activities over an eight-month period.

Gulino planned all activities for the group, including a potluck dinner and a Christmas story-telling seminar. A member of the church’s youth group will lead the Prayer Angels program after Gulino graduates. She is studying journalism at Boston University.

“These 61 girls are incredible examples of how a girl can truly change the world around her,” said Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

“Our exemplary Gold Award recipients have made a sustainable impact in their community through hours of hard work and dedication," she said.

"Their achievements are a testament to the power of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

"We expect great things from them as they continue to thrive and succeed in their future endeavors!”

Girl Scouts of Connecticut honored 61 girls across the state for earning their Gold Award this year in a statewide ceremony last month at the University of New Haven. Two girls from Weston earned their Gold Awards this year.

The Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. In order to earn the Gold Award, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts in grades 9 to 12 spend at least 80 hours researching issues, assessing community needs and resources, building a team, and making a sustainable impact in the community.

A Gold Award recipient’s accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart as a community leader, according to a statement from Girl Scouts of Connecticut.

For more information about the Gold Award or how to become a Gold Award volunteer or mentor, visit www.gsofct.org/pages/GoldAward.php .

Girl Scouts of Connecticut is the largest girl-empowerment organization in the state, serving nearly 44,000 girls and more than 18,000 adult volunteers. Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For further information, visit www.gsofct.org or call 800-922-2770.

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