Most teenagers have not honed the ability to see beyond themselves. Katelyn, a rising 9th-grade student at CCA, hopes to challenge that idea by earning her Silver Girl Scout Award through service to her community.
When Girl Scout Cadettes focus on an issue they care about, learn the facts, and take action to make a difference, they gain the confidence and skills that will catapult them to lifelong success. It all adds up to the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest honor a Cadette can achieve. www. girlscouts.org
Girl Scouts who earn the Silver Award demonstrate leadership, organization, and determination to make a difference in their community. Here is Katelyn describing her project:
The purpose of my Silver project is to show the senior citizens in my community that they are loved and honored. I am adopting the senior community of the Atria Senior Living Center located in Grapevine, TX. I spoke with Ms. Dara O’Bannon, who is the Director at Atria, to learn about what life has been like for senior citizens since COVID-19 began to spread. Ms. O’Bannon described how isolated and lonely it’s been for her residents this past year. Many of them haven’t seen their families or hugged their loved ones in over a year. I want to help the Atria residents feel loved and supported by their community. I will be delivering care packages to each resident filled with fun things to do and special items they like to have. I also plan to provide board games, puzzles, and supplies for Atria’s common activity room.
Katelyn recruited individuals to donate the items for her care packages. She put together gift bags for all the residents and personally delivered the packages to the center. Two of the spirited residents, Mrs. Lynne and Mrs. BJ, shared with Katelyn about the challenges of COVID--the isolation, the depression, and the loneliness. They were delighted to visit with Katelyn and receive the gift bags!
Thank you Katelyn for displaying the heart of a Cougar and making a difference in our community. We are so proud of you!!