Isanti Girl Scout receives Gold Award

Elise Hitchings, a 17-year-old member of Girl Scout Troop 12145 from Isanti, has completed her Gold Award project for Girl Scouts.

Elise Hitchings works with children in the day care center at Minnesota Masonic Home North Ridge, making wheelchair bags for the residents.

The Gold Award is the highest award given by the Girl Scout Council.

For her Gold Award project, she chose to design and make wheelchair bags for the residents of Minnesota Masonic Home North Ridge, in New Hope, Minn.

Hitchings has volunteered at MMH North Ridge for the past five summers, mostly in the Child Day Care Center.

She wanted to create an inter-generational project by having the children in the day care center help her with this project for the nursing home residents.

She worked with the children to create original artwork for the linings of the wheel chair bags. She also had help from fellow Girl Scouts, friends and family to complete the sewing part of the project. They put in over 80 hours on this project.

Hitchings, along with the children from the day care center, presented the bags to the residents in late August.

Her project will be carried on in the future by other volunteers of the Nursing Home.

Hitchings has been a Girl Scout since second grade, and had earned the Silver Award previously.

Hitchings had a lot of fun working on this project with the children and was honored to be able to create something of use for the residents.