The Girl Scouts of Western New York recently announced Natalie Costanza as a 2016 Gold Award Recipient.

Natalie’s project, “The 3 M’s: Music, Movement and Math,” focused on exposing Rochester’s inner-city children to dance and music while supplementing their math education. The majority of the children she taught had never taken a dance class or music lesson before.
 
She worked with the Rochester Martin B. Anderson School No. 1’s after-school care program through the Monroe Avenue YMCA, as well as YMCA Camp Thunderbird at Genesee Valley Park. She noticed that the students each week would open up more and talk about music and dance with others while expressing their excitement. The students began to understand how musical notes could be changed in value or length to create new sounds and how they worked together to create pieces of music. The entire program created a unique opportunity for the students to experience new things and expand their learning.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into "going for the Gold." A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about — in thought, deed and action that encompasses organizational, leadership and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl's community, whether local or global, and create change that has the potential to be ongoing or sustainable. About 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities.