Girl Scouts earn Gold Awards by helping Walnut students

Five Walnut Girl Scouts helped local schools and other organizations to earn their Gold Awards: Christina Dobson, Kelley Lu, Stephanie Lui, Queenie Ma and Laura Wong. To earn the coveted award, the Scouts had to plan a challenging, large-scale project to help their community.

Christina Dobson’s Gold Award project was a three-day camp for children. She used her experience in performing arts at Walnut High School to teach the children about drama and improvisation skills.

Kelley Lu’s Gold Award Project, titled “Cooking Crafts,” became a program at Westhoff Elementary School in Walnut.  Lu taught nutrition, food preparation and kitchen safety. She was the president and founder of the Culinary Arts Club at Walnut High School.

Stephanie Lui made Christmas decorations and displayed them for the Walnut Senior Center in a project titled “Movement Through Music.” She sang songs and performed for the First Chinese Baptist Church congregation with three other girls.

Queenie Ma’s Gold Award project “Learning Literacy” helped children learn about environmental awareness and helped their reading comprehension. She taught at Vejar Elementary School in Walnut, making origami creations from recycled newspapers and playing bingo about the reuse-reduce-recycle way of living.

Laura Wong’s project was “Best Friends Pet Care,” a program to teach 5- to 12-year-olds and their parents about pet care. She introduced them to a wide range of animals that would make good pets.