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Greenwich's Nolan Earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Lesley Nolan of Greenwich created a library at the Family Centers in Stamford in honor of two librarians to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Lesley Nolan of Greenwich created a library at the Family Centers in Stamford in honor of two librarians to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. Photo Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Lesley Nolan of Greenwich created a library to help children seeking therapy at the Family Centers in Stamford to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Nolan addressed a lack of resources for children at the centers by creating the library, which honors Kate McClelland and Kathy Krasniewicz.

The pair were librarians at the Perrot Memorial Library in Old Greenwich. They were killed in a tragic car accident in 2009.

The resources now available at the Family Centers library will assist therapists and their clients. Nolan will attend the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and study international business.

“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.

Six girls from Greenwich earned their Gold Award this year.

The Gold Award is the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. 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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