Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) celebrated 56 Girl Scouts for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, one of the highest achievements in Girl Scouting.
One of those scouts was Chianne J.W. Boburchock of the Friedens Girl Scout troop.
These Gold Award Girl Scouts cumulatively logged nearly 4,500 hours of service, while designing and implementing projects to benefit their communities through education and resources. Each Gold Award culminates from an individual project that aligns with the Girl Scout’s interests or aspirations.
Each project provides a sustainable solution to the root cause of an issue, including gaps in community resources, youth education opportunities, environmental conservation and several others.
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“One in a Million”
Boburchock’s project title was “One in a Million.” In honor of a friend, Boburchock created three workbooks for children with disabilities and their families to complete as a way to help introduce the children to teachers, coaches and other adults who will work closely with the children.
“I choose my topic in honor of my friend, Myah, who had cerebral palsy. The first day of kindergarten her mother came in and explained to us what Myah had which made it easier for her to make friends,” Boburchock said in an email. “I wanted all kids to have the same experience Myah had. All the teachers and students understood Myah and never saw anything else but the sweet girl she was.”
The “get-to-know-me” books are tailored to children with autism, cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
“I made three booklets, a general for those who don’t want to go in-depth, a cerebral palsy one in memory of Myah, and an autism booklet due to the wide range of the spectrum,” Boburchock said. “Due to COVID, I could not visit the schools and pass them out to the teachers, so I made a Facebook page called ‘One in A Million’ where I have posted the booklets for anyone who needs them to have access to.
“I wanted to create a way for kids to understand their classmates who have disabilities, while allowing those children to be apart of explaining who they are and how they are the same.”
The Gold Award achievements were celebrated June 19 at Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry Township. In recognition of this achievement, Gold Award Girl Scouts can benefit from exclusive scholarships from colleges and universities and may enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces at an advanced rank.