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Local Girl Scouts to Receive Gold Awards May 21

May 18, 2006

At school Joan is the president of Art Club, the secretary of Rainforest Ecology Institute, and publicity chair of Interact Club. In past summers, she was unit leader for younger Girl Scouts at the La Cañada Girl Scout Day Camps and she helped decorate the La Cañada Rose Parade float. She volunteers at the San Fernando Chinese Cultural Association, a Chinese school on Saturdays, and at the Herald Cancer Association. Joan has won the PTA Reflections Contest in Visual Arts multiple times; in her junior year, she placed first in the school and went on to place third in the district. This year, she placed first school-wide and district-wide, and her entry has gone on to state judging. In the future, she plans to go to college and eventually figure out how to live the rest of her life purposefully and happily.

She would like to thank her family for their support and help in completing her Gold Award.

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Joyce Chen

For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Joyce presented dental hygiene workshops to the blind and visually impaired children at Foundation for the Junior Blind’s Camp Bloomfield last summer. Camp Bloomfield provides recreational and camp experiences for blind or visually impaired campers at the only facility of its kind in the western United States. Through its programs, it furthers development of teamwork and leadership skills, as well as greater independence and confidence. To prepare for the presentations, she learned how to use a Perkins Brailler, which allowed her to construct Braille informational cards for the children. In addition, she solicited supplies from local dentists and stores so each child could receive a dental gift package. In the end the campers gained a better understanding of how and why they need to practice proper dental hygiene.

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