Kroska earns Girl Scout Award

Sarah Kroska in the Faith Sunday school supply closet, before she reorganized it to earn a Girl Scout Gold Award.

Sarah Kroska in the Faith Sunday school supply closet, before she reorganized it to earn a Girl Scout Gold Award.

To achieve Girl Scouts’  highest honor, the Gold Award, Sarah Kroska tackled the storage closet.

Kroska worked with her church community, Faith Lutheran Church on North Shore Drive in Forest Lake, to develop a supply closet for religious education programming.

With help from church staff, she organized, repaired and collected items for the closet.

She also created a book of activities and lessons that she developed with the cooperation of Sunday school teachers. For each topic, an elementary-grade Sunday School teacher can go into the book and find a one-hour lesson plan with story time, craft time, and puzzles or coloring.

“It’s very helpful for last-minute substitute teachers,” Sunday School Director Amy Keis said.

Youth volunteers will continue the supply closet upkeep.

To receive the Gold Award, eligible Girl Scouts in grades 10-12 must spend at least 80 hours planning and implementing a project that addresses a community need.

They must also fulfill leadership, career exploration and community service requirements. Each girl must plan her project and lead the implemention, working with others in the community to act on her plan.

Sarah is the daughter of Richard and Sherry Kroska of Wyoming.

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