Sixth-Graders Honored for Service

Sixth-Graders Honored for Service Photo

Ten Elwood Middle School sixth-graders in troop 85 recently earned the Girl Scout Bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing more than 30 service hours in 2016.

Members include Giuliana Brown, Kate Doerzbacher, Anya Kassan, Chloe Keil, Riya Kumar, Rachel Leon, Maggie Murphy, Eva Musgrove, Stela Ristic and Arianna Vouthas. Under the guidance of their leaders Allison Keil, Sharon Leon and Jen Musgrove, the troop participated in a project called “Fun for Angela’s House.”

Angela’s House is a non-profit that services children with severe medical disabilities who need 24 hour nursing care. The children live in community homes so that their parents can continue to work and care for their other children at home. The troop took a special interest in Angela’s House and wanted to provide them with specialized play equipment to add more fun to their lives.  

They raised money by selling Girl Scout cookies and rubber bracelets and initially used the money to buy "star machines” that light up the children's bedroom ceilings with mesmerizing lightshows. The troop raised so much money that they were also able to contribute handicapped accommodation swings to a new playground being built on the grounds of one of Angela’s homes.

In addition, the girls collected and donated more than 200 slightly used children’s CDs and DVDs that the children of Angela’s House would enjoy.

“It feels good to win this award knowing that our hours were spent helping others and making our community a better place,” said Chloe.