Story Walk and Reels and Reads. Perhaps you know a lucky kid who participated in one of these popular activities at the Chappaqua Library this year; but do you also know that the masterminds behind these projects are Girl Scouts? A record number of eight girls received their gold awards today at town hall.
“I helped coordinate a story walk with different books for every season,” recipient Lindsey Brosnan related. The walk was developed to captivate children meandering along the nature trail at Roaring Brook Elementary School.
Aparna Nathan created Reels and Reads to encourage middle schoolers to expand their minds through reading. She held events at the library to discuss books and cinematic adaptations.
Megan Marie Maher delivered 65 knitted blankets to Blythedale Children’s Hospital and Hope’s Door. Knitting instructions were accessed via her website by many volunteers. Katie Duncalf provided assistance for inmates and children at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and founded “Hope”, a new club at Greeley, whose members joined in her endeavor. In Seniors Make a Wish, Megan Elizabeth Enright coordinated visits to the elderly. Rebecca Fischer was thrilled to see how “the kids expanded their vocabulary,” via her signs at Wagon Road Camp. Julia Friedland showed the community how to to use recyclables in artistic creations. Putnam Hospital Center benefited from Neha Gupta’s Making a Kid-Friendlier Hospital.
A bevy of local dignitaries attended the ceremony. Assemblyman Robert Castelli told the recipients: “You have reached the pinnacle of girl scouting.” He presented citations on behalf of the New York State Assembly. Westchester County Legislator Michael Kaplowitz proclaimed April 29 as Lindsey Brosnan day. The next 7 days were assigned to the other honored girl scouts. Town Supervisor Susan Carpenter praised the girls and related her history with scouting. “I was a girl scout. My mother led my troop,” she said.