Girl Scout April Cross of local Troop 1119 has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for her community project “My Big Fat Sweet Bake Sale and Children’s Cancer Awareness Fair.”
Girl Scouts who receive the Gold Award, Girl Scouting’s highest achievement, are required to earn a minimum of 65 community service hours dedicated to a community service project. April is the daughter of Tim and Cathy Cross, and is a senior at Bruton High School.
April said she wants to help bring awareness to those directly and indirectly affected by cancer because so many cancer patients do not realize they are ill until it is too late. She raised $1500 through the project to buy toys, blankets and comfort items for children suffering from cancer in hospitals.
April is a Girl Scouts Cadette Silver Award recipient. She said this project helped her build self-confidence because she took on a lot of responsibility in completing it. “I was forced to be a leader and even though it was uncomfortable at first, it ended up being a great experience for me,” April said.
She also said she is proud of what has been accomplished to help the community and children with cancer.