VALLEY CENTER, Kan. — Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland congratulates Madison M. for becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout, a designation she earned by creating “The Sunshine Classroom” program to empower youth to be excited about learning, education, and school.
The Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable — earned by a high school Girl Scout who works to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Whether it’s on a local, national, or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide innovative solutions to significant challenges.
“Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good — and Madison embodies everything this achievement stands for," said Rolinda Sample, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. “Madison addressed an issue that’s important to her — getting children excited about schools and getting them outdoors— for her Gold Award, and we congratulate her on this momentous accomplishment.”
Passionate about education and getting kids outdoors, Madison focused her Gold Award on creating multiple lesson plans so teachers could utilize them as a way to teach outdoors instead of in their typical classroom setting. Her lesson plans included parts of a plant and solar system learning material for science classes. She created plans that can be used in Kindergarten, first, second, and third grade.
“Many students and teachers loved the outdoor learning curriculum,” Madison said. “Students really looked forward to the days they could go outside and learn. I can’t wait to see more students continue to use the outdoor space and for teachers to keep using the Sunshine Classroom lesson plans.”