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Local Girl Scout receives Girl Scout Silver Award

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WAKE FOREST — Emma Briceno of Wake Forest Girl Scout Troop 3285 was recently awarded the Girl Scout Silver Award for her project to benefit The Wake County SPCA Cat Tales Program.

She wrote and illustrated a book, “MAGIC,” featuring the Cat Tales program and many of the pets at the shelter. After publishing the book, she presented several copies to the Cat Tales program director, Molly Stone, and read her book to children in attendance at the program. The Cat Tales program allows children to read to shelter pets, benefiting both the animals and the children. Emma’s book will be a permanent part of the program’s collection, so children may read it to shelter pets for years to come.

“I wanted to combine my love of writing with my love of animals in a way that could help and support the Wake County SPCA,” Emma said of her project. “Cat Tales is such a great program, and it was an honor to partner with them.”

The Silver Award is the highest award available for achievement to a Cadette Girl Scout, grades six through eight. Girls work alone, or together in small groups, to identify an issue/problem that they would like to work toward improving. They spend at least 50 hours on the leadership project, which has to be approved by the Girl Scout Council. Each project has to have an element of sustainability, meaning that once the project is finished, there is something that will carry on in the future, such as a continued program or reference to others.

Emma is the daughter of Laura and Juan Carlos Briceno and is a rising ninth-grader at Wake Forest High School. She has been a member of Girl Scouts for eight years. She was supported in her project by her advisor, Janet Puca, and Molly Stone, director of community initiatives for the Wake County SPCA.