Manatee County resident and Palmetto High School graduate Julie Pyle earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Weight of the World.
For her Gold Award project, Pyle set out to educate the public about sensory disorders and provide resources for those living with conditions like Dysautonomia. Weighted lap pads are often used to soothe children and even adults with sensory disorders, but can be expensive. Pyle sewed more than 100 weighted lap pads to donate to children in need, so they can be more focused on learning while at school.
Pyle learned, “In the future, I will be able to recognize issues in my community, so I can devise a plan and build a team to alleviate or fix the problem.”
The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.