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Local Girl Scouts to Receive Gold Awards May 21

May 18, 2006

Sara named her Gold Award project, Tikkun Olam, which is Hebrew for heal the world to help raise awareness of the importance of “healing” our environment and each other. Sara created a recycling program at her synagogue; the proceeds going to the Junior Youth Group that she helped start. Bins decorated by kids are now visible throughout her synagogue to encourage people to recycle cans, plastic bottles and white paper. Through generous contributions of Girl Scouts, neighbors and members of her synagogue, she also collected over 15 boxes of donated small toys and costumes that were sent to Milbat Center in Israel for its Purim for programs to enable severely disabled kids celebrate the festival of Purim, a Jewish holiday much like Halloween. Milbat helps kids overcome the loss of limbs, sight, hearing or other catastrophic losses as a result of terrorist attacks or accidents. The costumes were adapted to each child’s disability with help from staff and the toys were used as prizes in carnival games.

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Sara has been in Girl Scouts for 12 years and has enjoyed being a counselor at La Cañada Girl Scout Day Camp for 2 summers. She was chosen to march with the 2006 Tournament Troop in the coldest and wettest Rose Parade on record. Sara is a senior at La Cañada High School and a member of the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation. Sara also enjoys ceramics and theatre and has been in seven productions with Children’s Theatre Experience, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, The Music Man and Fiddler on the Roof. She was also recently in her high school production of Competition Piece. She hopes to major in Theatre in college with a possible minor in political science.

Sara would like to thank Yael Shaked-Bregman from Milbat, Michal Atkins and Cantor Mariana Gindlin for their help with this project. She is also grateful to Wandy Jung for her constant encouragement and to her leaders, Andrea Terry and her mom, for their support and guidance and a big thanks to both her supportive parents, Karen Kreider and Bill Crounse.

Remy deBrauwere

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