A Forsyth Central High School senior recently received the highest achievement in Girl Scouts.
Lindsey Poe, 17, completed requirements for the Gold Award, which is the equivalent of the Eagle Scout ranking in Boy Scouts.
In order to earn the award, Girl Scouts must be in high school and complete a lengthy community service project that demonstrates leadership abilities.
About 5,000 girls nationwide complete the Gold Award requirements each year, in comparison to about 50,000 boys who earn the Eagle rank.
For her community service project, Poe focused on eliminating childhood illiteracy.
She worked with officials at Northside Hospital-Forsyth to help expectant parents understand the benefits of reading to unborn babies and infants.
Poe took advantage of Northside Women’s Center new parent classes to leverage her message.
In addition, she worked to donate more than 100 children’s books to the center. The books were sent home with new parents.
In her final report, Poe wrote that she wanted to increase awareness about the importance of reading to infants and young children.
“The overall impact I had hoped to make was to teach people the importance of reading to their children,” Poe wrote.
“I find that people are sometimes unaware of the importance of reading to infants, and I wanted to change the value people place on this practice.”
Poe has been involved with Girl Scouts for nine years.
She’s also an active member of Forsyth Central’s Beta Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and the school’s chamber singers.