By Star Mallamo
On a walk around campus, one may realize some new changes around the math classrooms near Burke Hall. What was once a neglected patch of shrubs is now a garden, complete with raised vegetable beds and bark. This new addition to the school is the work of Moriah Plack, a senior here at Santa Rosa High. This project is what she completed to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. Plack explains, “The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting. To earn the award, a Girl Scout must complete many requirements before beginning the Gold Award Project. The project must be designed by the Girl Scout and must be sustainable.”
Photo by Star Mallamo
Plack’s initial goal was to create a garden which special education teachers Ms. Carter and Mr. Hughes could integrate into their curriculum. Plack then had to follow a complex network of requirements to fulfill what was needed to earn the Gold Award. “There were many stages to the project – from planning and permission to clearing the weeds and overgrown plants to building the vegetable beds and finally planting vegetables with the students.” Reaching out to her community for support became a part of the process, “Mr. Coscarelli, Ms. Charter, and Mr. Hughes were involved in discussions and planning. My parents and brothers were very involved in all of the manual labor. Two of my Troop members helped with some of the weeding and brush clearing. Ms. Charter’s and Mr. Hugh’s classes helped plant in the garden.” The majority of what has been planted is edible, so that students working in the garden to learn what comprises a healthy, nutrient-rich diet.
After a months long process, from planning to planting, Moriah Plack was notified on April 9th that her Girl Scout Gold award project had been accepted by the project council. She will be formally receiving the Girl Scout community’s highest honor on May 20th, at the Girl Scout “All that Glitters” Awards Ceremony.
Plack has been in girl scouting for the past thirteen years. Starting as a Daisy in kindergarten, she has moved up to the level of Ambassador with her mother as her troop leader. She is the only member of her troop to earn this esteemed award. She will be graduating out of Girl Scouting at the end of this school year. Though she will no longer be a participant in scouting, she will be a lifetime member and hopes to continue to support the organization.