Four Gonzales Junior Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award

Brandie Richardson

Four Junior Girls Scouts from Gonzales Troop 10340 were recently awarded the Bronze Award, the highest honor a Junior Scout can achieve. By receiving this award, the girls demonstrated their commitment to helping others and improving their community.

Junior Girl Scouts, who are in grades fourth and fifth, are eligible for the award once they have completed prerequisites and their extensive, sustainable community service project. After much deliberation, Junior Scouts Aalayah Brown, Daylen Dauthier, Saige Landry and Emily Wittig decided their project would be aimed at preventing bullying in their schools and community.

The idea was spurred on by one of the girls, said Troop Leader Brenda Shuff, as she had experienced bullying in her own life due to a learning disability.

"The girls wanted to talk to people about how to avoid being bullied, how to avoid being a bully and how to react to bullies," Shuff said. "One of the girls is picked on in school but she doesn't listen to that, but she understands that not everyone deals with bullying the way she does. She pitched the idea to the others girls and everyone got on board with it."

In order to have the events, the Scouts had to receive permission for the Gonzales City Council. Each girl went before the council and spoke about the project, where they were greeted with unanimous support from the council.

The Sock It Bullying: Embracing Differences event was held in October and included a Misfit Sock March down S. Irma Blvd. and a variety of workshops such as a karate class to teach self-defense, a dance class, a nutritionist that spoke about being healthy, a special education teacher that spoke on the differences of people and had Home Depot representatives teaching those in attendance woodworking skills. The girls also held a sock donation, which was donated to Volunteer Ascension for kids in need.

"Ninety-nine percent of everything done was the girls. They are determined and it amazes me," Shuff added.