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First Name: Christine

Troop #: Troop 70305

Grade Level: Girl Scout Cadette (Gr 6-8)

Title: Silver Award Success


On Sunday January 18th, girls in Girl Scout Troop 70305 celebrated 15 Silver Award recipients (7 different projects were completed) and 13 10-year award recipients. The girls did a great job planning their ceremony around the "Circle of Girl Scouting" theme.

First Name: Amy

Troop #: 80914

Grade Level: Girl Scout Cadette (Gr 6-8)

Title: Sunshine 2 Seniors


Academy of St. Elizabeth freshman and Girl Scout Senior, Aliya McDonald, reached the goal of earning her Girl Scout Silver Award through two years of work on her "Sunshine 2 Seniors" project. What started out as a project soon turned into a mission to help bridge the gap between seniors and kids. Aliya created a ready-made service project that helps teens learn to communicate easily with their senior friends and develop a comfortable long-term relationship. Her quest now is to pass on this program to others to keep the momentum going. Aliya was honored at the Morristown Service Unit Court of Awards in December by the mayors from both Morristown and Morris Township. For more information on starting a program near you, visit http://sunshine2seniors.wix.com/

First Name: Clarissa

Troop #: 61017

Grade Level: Girl Scout Junior (Gr 4-5)

Title: Fort Lee Girl Scouts earn Bronze Award


Junior Girl Scout Troop 1017 in Fort Lee decided to work towards their Girl Scout Bronze Award. After planning, two groups were formed. One group decided to complete their Girl Scout Bronze Award requirements by collecting food items for the Center for Food Action in Englewood. Specifically, they collected certain food items for the Center’s Weekend Snackpack Program, which helps local needy children by discreetly giving them bags of seven specific snack and food items so they can have snacks and food over the weekends when they do not have access to school lunches. The girls spoke to their respective principals at their schools and received permission to do food drives at their various schools. The greater task was then assembling these “snackpacks” into Ziplock baggies for the Center. The girls were able to assemble and deliver close to 300 fully assembled “snackpacks” and many more assorted food items, filling three minivans, to the Center at the end of June. The girls are very proud of their accomplishments and of how much they were able to help the Center for Food Action. The other group decided to demonstrate community service, and complete the requirements for the Girl Scout Bronze Award by selecting "Library Awareness" as the focus. In June, they hung up signs in town asking for donations of gently used books for the annual library sale. Also, they promoted the request for donations and publicized the date of the library book sale throughout our schools. On the day of the sale, they volunteered, helping keep the display of books organized and restocking the tables. A benefit of selecting this cause was that they were also able to interact with friends and neighbors. September was Library Awareness Month. To promote awareness, they created a poster that was displayed at the Fort Lee Farmers' Market. While at the Farmers' Market, they distributed information about free programs at the Fort Lee Public Library that service adults as well as children, and handed out information about how to get a library card. It is important for people to know about the programs and benefits offered by our public library. It is free, a great resource for information and can be a meeting place for all. They hope their efforts encouraged more children and adults to utilize the resources of our library. The Fort Lee Public Library is for everyone in the community. It offers a wide range of materials, programs, resources and it is all free! All the girls were presented their award and certificates by Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich at Borough Hall. It was a lovely event recognizing these girls’ accomplishments, recognizing the Girl Scout organization, and emphasizing volunteerism in our towns.

First Name: Michelle

Troop #: 651

Grade Level: Girl Scout Cadette (Gr 6-8)

Title: Friends of R.B.A.R.I: Troop #651 Silver Award


Oradell Girl Scout Troop #651 has completed their Girl Scout Silver Award leadership project. Their project benefited the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Inc. First, they held a Lucky Le"Purr"chaun Drive to collect donations. Then, they held a Pals for Pets Night. The night included snacks, games, crafts, puppet show, and even a police dog in action. The attendees learned about the importance of animal care, safety, and to try and adopt shelter first! Overall, everyone had a good time, learned something, and it benefitted a worthy cause.

First Name: Melissa

Troop #: 60431

Grade Level: Girl Scout Junior (Gr 4-5)

Title: Bronze Award at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital


Rutherford Girl Scout Troop 60431 completed their Girl Scout Bronze Award with a project for St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. The girls chose to make care packages to benefit the stay of children at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson, NJ. They did a fantastic job and the staff members were so thankful and impressed. All in all, with a bake sale, private donations of items, and two corporate donations, they were able to make almost 300 care packages for sick children ages 3-15. These included coloring books, crayons, bubbles, small toys & puzzles, playing cards, and character band-aides. We started in May of 2014 and delivered 15 boxes on September 5th. It certainly took on a life of it's own and we couldn't be more impressed with the troop. Troop leader Melissa McHugh said, "I am grateful that I am a leader for these girls. No matter how tired I am, I always walk away feeling good after guiding them in their projects and after meetings."

First Name: Carin

Troop #: 409

Grade Level: Girl Scout Ambassador (Gr 11-12)

Title: 13 Years of Friendship


Paramus Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 409 held a Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony, celebrating the achievements of their troop members, as well as a 13-year bond of friendship through Girl Scouting. From right to left: Monica Eichman (leader), Tara Williams, Melissa Eichman, Christina Lionetto, Jessica Herrmann*, Adriana Holowko , Erin Finnegan*, Kristen Moonjian*, Stephanie Marino and Carin WIlliams (leader) *Indicates Girl Scout Gold Award recipient.

First Name: Amanda

Troop #: 70028

Grade Level: Girl Scout Senior (Gr 9-10)

Title: Earning My Girl Scout Silver Award


Local Wyckoff Girl Scout Cadettes, Amanda Sproha and Gabriella Pisacane, from Troop 70028 have been working towards their Girl Scout Silver Award. In order to achieve this award, the girls must first complete a Girl Scout Journey, and then organize and finish a Take Action Project. As part of their service project, Amanda and Gabby needed to find an issue in their community and fix it. This past spring, Amanda and Gabby met with Town Councilman Kevin Rooney and DWP Head Scott Fisher to see what they could do to help beautify the little known Wyckoff Gardens on Crescent Ave in Wyckoff. The property was donated to the town, and parts of it had become run down. After gaining approval from the town council on June 26th, Amanda and Gabby organized a community service day on July 26th to help spread mulch along deteriorating pathways, repair steps and fill with gravel, and cut and clear away dead branches. Amanda and Gabby also brought two existing park benches home to repair and refurbish, and have since replaced the benches at the park around the pond. In an effort to continue the success of their project, they must reach out on a global level and try to make a lasting impact in their community. It is their hope, that by publishing this article (and others) that they will raise awareness of this little known park to others in Wyckoff, offering a quiet haven of nature to those looking to share in the beauty of our neighborhood. Come see the improvements they have made at the Wyckoff Gardens, and enjoy a little corner of Wyckoff you might not have known existed.

First Name: Kristen

Troop #: Juliette

Grade Level: Girl Scout Cadette (Gr 6-8)

Title: Girl Scout Silver Award


I recently completed my Girl Scout Silver Award Take Action Project called 'Bridging the Gap: Seniors and Girl Scouts.' Two other Girl Scouts and I helped organize an inter-generational dinner at a local church. Senior members of the church were invited to a luau-themed evening. Fun was had by all! We shared stories with our new friends. I also helped plant a garden at our local elementary school with younger Girl Scout troops. We will be collecting the food to bring to home bound seniors in our town.

First Name: Lydia

Troop #: 60075

Grade Level: Girl Scout Ambassador (Gr 11-12)

Title: Gold Award: Teens Teaching Technology


I was inspired to tackle the problem of computer illiteracy in order to help adults and children in my community. In order to do so, I held a series of five technology workshops at the New Milford Public Library on Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00. All participants were welcome and every week we learned a new topic: from Internet basics to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. We built on previously learned techniques to create a final culminating project, and all the participants received a technology handbook to serve as a summary and reference of everything they learned! The response from everyone was overwhelmingly positive and it was an extremely rewarding experience.

First Name: Hannah

Troop #: 772890

Grade Level: Girl Scout Cadette (Gr 6-8)

Title: Project Birth Haven


Hannah recently completed her Girl Scout Silver Award Take Action Project as an eight grader. Her project benefited Birth Haven, a shelter in Newton that provides support, education, and housing to young mothers in need and their infants. She hosted a diaper drive, bake sale and Girl Scout Junior meeting where younger girls made crafts for the mothers. In all, she raised $1,650 and spent 58 hours of dedication to the project. Some of the necessities Hannah purchased included 4 stroller-car seat combos, 40 packages of diapers, six baby gift baskets, six mother gift bags, six $40 ShopRite gift cards, 10 pillows, and many more. The faculty and mothers at Birth Haven could not be more grateful for all the donations. It was the largest single-drop off they've seen in years.

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