Girl Scout's volunteer work earns high honor

Kailey Fernandez earned Girl Scout's Gold Award

Kailey Fernandez’s idea was born in a Tampa food pantry where rice, beans, cereal and peanut butter are bagged for families who need food.
 
Fernandez is a Robinson High School graduate, a Girl Scout and perhaps most importantly, a cook.
 
Her time spent volunteering at Metropolitan Ministries evolved into teaching cooking basics to school children and creating a cookbook.
 
The recipes are easy enough for a fifth grader to catch onto.
 
"For a young person like Kailey to understand the importance of somebody young learning their way around the kitchen, learning about food and nutrition, it was amazing," said Metropolitan Ministries spokeswoman Gwen Harmon.
 
"The kids are home a lot for many hours after school and their parents get home late at night,” Fernandez said. “So instead of just opening up a bag of chips, they can learn how to use a can opener.”
 
Her volunteer work earned Kailey the Girl Scout's highest honor -- the Gold Award -- and she's headed to Cornell University this fall.
 
But the skills she taught here will always stick with her students.
 
"I hope that what I'm teaching these kids will be something they have for the rest of their lives," she said.
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