Nicole Frisbie of Muscatine has achieved the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, by creating a program to prevent bullying at McKinley Elementary School in Muscatine.

Nicole wanted to help students develop skills to cope with the effects of bullying and create a system to prevent future bullying at school.

She assembled a team to help with the project and worked with the principal at McKinley to ensure that the bench could be installed and utilized by students at recess. After the bench was installed, discipline referral rates declined.

To earn a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must: 

• Choose an issue she cares about.

• Investigate everything she can about the issue.

• Get help by inviting others to support and take action with her.

• Create a plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact.

• Present her plan and get feedback from the Girl Scout council.

• Take action to carry out her plan.

• Educate and inspire others with what she experienced.

• Complete at least 80 hours working on the project.

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