My name is Karen. I am 16 years old, and a junior at Catalina Foothills High School. I have been a member of Troop 484 for 11 years, and every year has been a blast. Our troop has done a lot of community service over the years, from food drives to building a library for women and children. I have been working on earning my Gold Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. After completing all the basic requirements, for my Gold Award project I wanted to do something that combined my interest in art, and doing something for our community. I raised enough money to purchase two round concrete picnic tables and worked with two separate groups of teenagers; one group from Pima Partnership High School and a group
of girls called “Girl Power” who are involved in the Juvenile court system. Each girl painted a colorful design or meaningful word on a tile, such as 'hope', 'friendship', or 'knowledge'. We made over 40 tiles with words and a lot of blue background tiles. Once the tiles were ready, I glued, grouted, and sealed the tiles to the tables. Working with Mr. Kuck and the Pima County Parks and Rec, the tables are being placed at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park for the public's use. Working on my Gold Award was a long and sometimes frustrating process, but looking back at my finished work and accomplishments, I feel proud of what I have done and all the work and effort was definitely worth it.