Colleen Bauer, Clare Gatto, Jeehee Ha and Katherine Prior, all of Upper Arlington, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for their work and service to the community.

Colleen Bauer, Clare Gatto, Jeehee Ha and Katherine Prior, all of Upper Arlington, recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for their work and service to the community.

It is the highest award given to Senior Girl Scouts, ages 14-17.

Bauer, Gatto and Prior worked on a combined project called, "Helping Hands for Children: Handwork Items Made with Love." Bauer made blankets for the patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital and baby blankets for newborns at Grant Hospital. Gatto enlisted the assistance of members of the Upper Arlington Senior Center to crotchet caps for infants and chemotherapy patients. Prior organized a service group at Bishop Watterson High School to make medical dolls for patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Ha's project, "VITABU: Collecting Books for Children in Africa," collected new and gently used children's books that were then sent to communities in Africa.

The Girl Scouts-Seal of Ohio Council has announced recent recipients of the Girl Scout Appreciation Pin for leadership in Girl Scouting.

Among the honorees were Upper Arlington residents Suzy Swanson, Karen McGirty and Carol Duhigg.

The Appreciation Pin is awarded to a registered Girl Scout who has provided service above and beyond expectation for a particular geographic area of the Girl Scout council.

Swason is the council's president and chair of the board of directors, guiding the council through a leadership transition and helping pave the way toward a realignment.

McGirty plans many diverse cultural and service projects with her troop. In addition, she serves as the point of contact for the leaders in her area and their troops. She sends e-newsletters with minutes of meetings, notices and reminders of events and changes, and information on opportunities, needs and projects.

Duhigg shares her talents with the girls as the craft coordinator at day camp. She uses recycled materials to make crafts while she teaches respect for difference and makes learning exciting. Duhigg is also a cookie manager.