Five Girl Scouts Honor their Classmate with a Warm UndertakingJune 12, 2015
by Lynne Ober
The Silver Award is one of the two highest awards that can be earned by a Girl Scout. Each Scout must earn a Silver Award before attempting to earn a Gold Award.
Five Girl Scouts in Girl Scout Troop 10900 will soon complete their Silver Award project. The girls were classmates of MacKenzie Lowe, who died from cancer. For ten months they have been planning and executing their project.
Jillian Nangle, Chloe Provencher, Sophia Garas, Camdyn Levesque and Kristyn Rambeau have diligently worked with assistance from their mentor, Joy Whitaker, a seventh grade ELA teacher at Hudson Memorial School. They created a slide show that runs on a laptop with many happy pictures of MacKenzie Lowe. They also researched cancer and made a fact board about this disease. Then they began making blankets.
Silver awards can only be funded by family or money can be earned. The girls are prohibited from fundraising. These ambitious girls developed a plan to make two-ply fleece blankets that are being donated to CHaD and to Dana Farber Cancer Centers. They have made both large and small blankets that are being given to children and babies with cancer. Already approximately 100 blankets have been made.
The Scout troop has held three community awareness workshops. One was at Hudson Senior Center and the last one was held this past weekend at Hudson Memorial School. Community members, as well as the Girl Scouts, made more blankets. Everyone got an instruction sheet that could be taken home so that more blankets could be made for family members or as gifts.
“We wanted a way to remember MacKenzie and to help other children with cancer,” said Jillian as she talked about the cancer research project.