Through a project created to help children who are in families affected by domestic abuse, six students from H-E-B and Colleyville schools received the prestigious Girl Scout Silver Award at ceremonies on May 24.
“The girls had to choose, plan, and carry out a 50-hour community service project,” said Troop leader Suzanne Stroman. They created items to go into a ‘Portable Play Box’ so that the children at SafeHaven would have things to play with while their attend therapy sessions.
Stroman said the troop divided the project into several parts, and each girl was responsible for learning and then teaching the others how to complete each part. The play boxes contained all kinds of dress up clothes, puppets, and felt board items made by the scouts.
“They used profits from their cookie sales to fund supplies for these items as well as to purchase a few other toys for the box,” Stroman said.
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Stroman, who has been involved with Girl Scouts for 19 years and a leader for 7 years, said Girl Scout Troop 1545 formed five years ago when two troops combined. The honors earned by these six students required time and dedication. “I received my Silver Award in 1991, and was proud to help these girls accomplish this high achievement,” Stroman said.
The Silver Award winners are Merideth Sparks and Katherine Stroman from Bedford Junior High, Isabella Quintanilla from Euless Junior High, Casey Warfield from Harwood Junior High, Alexandra Thornton from Colleyville Middle School and Maddy Hodges from Smithfield Middle School.
The scouts presented their project to Lindsay Klatzkin from SafeHaven who explained how the kids at the shelter would use the boxes. She also spoke to the scouting group about domestic violence and healthy relationships.
For anyone interested in joining Girl Scouts, online registration is available at GS-top.org. Girls are placed into troops according to their age, the area they live in, and the schedule that works for them.
At a glance
- Symphony KidsNotes program is Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Bedford Public Library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive. Providing early exposure to music and the arts to help develop the creative spark in youth, the Symphony Arlington’s KidsNotes program offers a one hour hands-on interactive presentation to young children giving them the opportunity to hear, see, touch, and explore different aspects of classical music and the orchestra. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Movies in the Park will present Max on June 18 at 8:45 p.m. in the Leon Hogg Amphitheater, 1951 Bear Creek Parkway. The movie is the heartwarming story of a military dog that returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler’s family. Lawn seating. Admission is one canned food donation per person to donate to the Food Bank. Concessions will be available for purchase. Call 817-685-1666 for information.