- Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 01:59
Rebecca Podrosky has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest recognition for achievement in Girl Scouting.
Rebecca, daughter of Anna Filippelli and Joseph Podrosky, is a senior at Ringgold High School and also serves in leadership positions as flute section leader in the band and unit leader for Ringgold Girl Scout Day Camp; she is also a member of the Interact Club, the Mingo Church Youth Group, and the Girls' Varsity Soccer Team.
Rebecca has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and is an Ambassador Scout with Troop 54161. She was supported in her Gold Award effort by Jessie Martin and Tiffany Behanna of the Ringgold Girl Scout Community.
Her Gold Award project began in June 2013 and was completed by December 2013. Rebecca recognized that families in the Ringgold community were struggling to meet everyday needs and might not have extra resources to provide Christmas presents for their children. With support of the Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church Mission Committee, Rebecca organized the Mingo GIFT Shoppe. GIFT stands for Grace, Integrity, Faith and Trust.
She collected new toys from local businesses, church members and others in the community. Sixty families with 160 children registered to participate in the 4-day shop where they could select new toys for the children. A gift-wrapping station was provided along with a craft station for the children that attended. Refreshments were served and all adults received a small welcome gift from the church. Participants also had an opportunity to view hand-made crafts and take away instructions for creating these inexpensive gifts from household items. Rebecca compiled a workbook for the church so that the Shoppe could continue as an annual event.
Rebecca will graduate in 2014 and plans to attend a 4-year college to major in early childhood/special education.