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Local Girl Scouts to Receive Gold Awards May 21

May 18, 2006

For her project Emily assembled “do-it-yourself” craft kits for the older children at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. After touring Children’s Hospital, Emily realized that while there were numerous diversions for the smaller children (various games and toys) there were very few activities available to teenage patients. Emily collected donations from Girl Scout leaders within her service unit and also assisted leaders at their meetings by instructing the younger girls in making various crafts such as lanyards. In return, these troops donated supplies for her project. Her family and friends aided her by helping to collect recyclables which were used to offset the cost of additional supplies. Each hand-made kit included supplies and instructions on how to complete the project. She also received thirty donations of store-bought craft kits. Overall she was able to supply Children’s Hospital with about six hundred fifty craft kits and three hundred napkins with decorated rings that will provide the older children with some entertainment and diversion during their hospital stay and excitement on their food trays.

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Emily is a junior at La Cañada High School and has been in Girl Scouting for ten years. With her troop, 599, she has helped host Girl Scout events for the past six years. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. She has played flute and piano for a combined eighteen years and has been an active member of the LCHS Band for the past five years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and doing various kinds of puzzles. She plans on attending college and studying political science or history.

Emily would like to thank all the people who helped her complete her project, especially her Leader, Susan Ratliff, who helped her through the entire process and kept her on track.

Amanda Gartside

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