Junior Madison Mackey presented her Gold Service Award project, “‘Better Life Better Future,” to the school community via a Zoom presentation. The Gold Award is the highest award granted by Girl Scouts. The award proves that the student is committed to making a difference in the world. It’s a distinction that can open doors to college opportunities and beyond.
To achieve the Gold Award, Madison’s project had to build a sustainable relationship that could create lasting change. She researched global issues pertaining to educational challenges faced by girls around the world and learned about the issue of period poverty- in very poor communities, girls are very often forced to miss school due to the lack of menstrual supplies. This causes girls to fall behind or drop out, which leads to economic hardship and often, early marriage.
As she investigated the issue, she was introduced to the MoonCatcher Project, a nonprofit that makes reusable, washable menstrual management kits - MoonCatcher Kits - for distribution to girls around the world, specifically to help girls remain in school. MoonCatcher’s mission resonated with Madison right away. Last year, during Catholic Schools Week, Madison worked with her project advisor, Mrs. Musto, to organize the school’s first Moonbee, an in-school project where students and faculty created the pieces that make up the MoonCatcher kits. They also learned about MoonCatcher’s mission from Madison and Ellie von Wellsheim, MoonCatcher Founder and Executive Director, who joined Madison for the event. Ms. von Wellsheim also took part in Wednesday's school-wide Zoom assembly, working with Madison to reinforce Mooncatcher's mission.
The Junior Ladies of Charity intend to make the Moonbee an annual AHN event, continuing to help girls around the world to stay in school.