Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois has named Railyn Bardle, of Pinckneyville, a Gold Award Girl Scout, a designation she earned by promoting fire safety in her community.

“I wanted to use my talent for art to earn the Gold Award and have always been interested in fire safety. I combined my two interests for this project,” Bardle said in a news release.

The Gold Award is earned by a high school Girl Scout who works to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Whether it’s on a local, national, or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide innovative solutions to significant challenges.

Railyn created and installed instructional signage in front of the local firehouse. She also delivered a program at Pinckneyville’s “Friday Night at the Park,” event that included additional safety displays, pamphlets, and coloring pages for children.

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“Looking back on this project, I am proud to know I have accomplished it,” she said. “I feel like after earning my Gold Award, I can now take on bigger and more projects to help make a difference in my community and the world.”

Railyn is the daughter of Patti Bardle and Tom Bardle. She is a member of the class of 2020 at Pinckneyville High School and plans to attend Rend Lake College following graduation, where she will study history education.

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