Nine Wake County girls earn Silver Awards

From Staff ReportsJuly 6, 2014 

Nine Wake County Girl Scouts recieved the Silver Award, the second highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

• For her Silver Award project, Shila Alexander of Fuquay-Varina addressed the issue of bullying. She created a book for elementary age school children titled “Let’s Stop Bullying – Steven’s Story.”

The story is about a boy who learns how to cope with being bullied. The book was given to the Wake County Public Libraries for their use.

Shila is the daughter of Alley and Arrie Alexander. She has been a Girl Scout since 2004 and is a member of Girl Scout Troop 1125 led by Angela Smith and Keyon Toraine.

• For her Silver Award project, Gabrielle Flynn of Fuquay-Varina created a project to introduce community members to the pastime of letterboxing.

Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that combines navigational skills and art into a treasure-hunt type quest. She created a series of letterboxes and placed them throughout Fuquay-Varina, choosing locations that she felt were important to the town.

Flynn created a practice letterbox for teaching purposes and then created a how-to packet that will be kept in her Girl Scout Service Unit’s library for others to use.

Gabrielle is the daughter of Kevin and Cecily Flynn. She has been a Girl Scout since 2004 and is a member of Girl Scout Troop 1815 led by Cecily Flynn and Christine Owens.

• For her Silver Award project, Shannon Morris of Apex helped organize and host an event to raise awareness and support for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Shannon is in the daughter of Ester and Shawn Morris. She has been a Girl Scout since 2006 and is a member of Girl Scout Troop 655 led by Amy Tomasik.

• For her Silver Award project, Maya Owens of Fuquay-Varina hosted a scrapbooking fundraiser. With the donations she received, she helped improve the landscaping at a recovering disabled veteran’s home.

Maya is the daughter of Christine and Robert Owens. She has been a Girl Scout since 2009 and is a member of Girl Scout Troop 1815 led by Cecily Flynn and Christine Owens.

• For her Silver Award project, Alyssa Schoaff of Apex partnered with Rescue Ur Forever Friend to provide items to help care for rescued animals.

She established collection boxes at All 4 Paws veterinary offices and delivered collected items to Rescue Ur Forever Friend volunteers. Alyssa knitted blankets for the animals and sewed cat beds and toys from donated towels and socks. She taught others how to create the beds and toys as well.

Alyssa is the daughter of Peter and Christine Schoaff. She has been a Girl Scout since 2006 and is a member of Troop 15 led by her mother and Haley Gray.

• For their Silver Award project, Amanda Diard, Carolynn Gaug, Sarah Gaug and Charlotte Wilson partnered with Hope Reins to renovate the organization’s family garden.

The girls, who all live in North Raleigh, weeded the garden, fixed broken gates and put a three-foot mulch border around the garden.

This project allowed Hope Reins to begin to grow fresh vegetables for the families who attend its programs.

The girls are members of Girl Scout Troop 3246 led by Wendy Diard and Dawn Gaug.

Amanda is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Diard.

Carolynn and Sarah are daughters of Ron and Dawn Gaug.

Charlotte is the daughter of Rosemarie and Paul Wilson.

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