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Local Girl Scouts to Receive Gold Awards May 21

May 18, 2006

For her Gold Award Project, Sarah Ratliff made over 100 fleece scarves for the City of Hope Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She chose this project because the teen and children patients appreciate something warm to snuggle for comfort, especially during their hospital stay. To obtain the fleece needed to make the scarves, Sarah relied mostly on recycling, but also on generous donations. Her project started off with the help of Junior troop 584. They helped make 35 scarves in just two hours. Sarah continued to make scarves throughout the summer and donated half of the scarves to the City of Hope and half to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. During the City of Hope tour, she came upon a treasure chest from which patients can select gifts. Sadly, it was empty. It was a particularly rewarding moment for her to fill the chest with the scarves for the children.

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Sarah is a Junior at La Cañada High School. She has been a Girl Scout since she was a Kindergarten Daisy. In addition to earning the Silver Award, she has enjoyed hosting many LCGS events with her troop. She enjoys waterskiing, softball and photography. She also participates in community service such as decorating the La Cañada float for the Rose Parade and leading younger girls in La Cañada Day Camp.

Sarah would like to thank her Senior troop 599 for their friendship & support. She also thanks Beth Gordon and troop 584 for their immense help and donations. Additionally, she would like to thank Wendi Kelaris of the Children’s Hospital of L.A. and Tami Case of the City of Hope for receiving the donations and the hospital tour. Sarah would like to thank her parents, Brad and Susan Ratliff, for their support and encouragement throughout the duration of the project.

Courtney Sarian

For her gold award, Courtney chose to provide assistance to an outreach camp sponsored by the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America. The camp was in desperate need of recreational equipment. Courtney organized drives to obtain playground equipment, including basketballs and nets, footballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, handballs, softballs, tennis balls, tetherballs, whiffle balls, ping pong balls, rackets and nets. She also collected pool equipment, including squirt guns, water polo balls and foam-noodles, along with other supplies like board games, dominos and cards.

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