Junior Girl Scouts Amanda Doane, Olivia Curran and Mary Ann Manley have shown their commitment to serving the community for over ten years. From all the early morning field trips to the local soup kitchen, cookie sales and getting badges, these three girls have reached the home stretch. Doane, Curran and Manley have put in several hours and hard work into being a Girl Scout. Their hard work is about to pay off. They are about to be presented the Gold Award to be honored for all their accomplishments.
The Gold Award is bestowed to Girl Scouts who exemplify a servant’s heart by creating a local service project and being the project manager to get the job done. They came up with a service project idea then reach out to local companies for donations for the local community.
Doane’s project is at the Sheltering Arms Day Care to refurbish the gardens. She was donated plants and soil from Home Depot to teach the kids how to take care of a garden, grow their own fruit and vegetables maintain good care of their health. Doane has reached out to several big companies for donations raise much money for Sheltering Arms Day Care as possible. Doane has connected with juniors Meg Healy, Olivia Curran, Laura Von Bargen, George Doane and Andrew Pridgen for help teach the kids at the Day Care about healthcare and hard work in the garden.
In addition to the Day Care, Doane is helping a younger scout troop to earn badges to reach the next level of Scouts, in hopes of one day being in her own shoes. Doane is an extraordinary role model for the young troops and has a servant’s heart for the Lord and her community.
A major problem in impoverished communities is not knowing what to do with the limited food they have. Curran worked hard to make her own cookbook to donate to local food pantries. In her book, she included recipes featuring ingredients from food cans, fruit and vegetables from gardens and food given from soup kitchens. Curran has reached out to major food companies like Publix for donations for her cookbooks. She is not looking for many donations but reaching out to companies to see if they want to be a part of a service project such as her. Curran has estimated that her books are only worth two dollars, so with donations she would be able to produce a large quantity of books to donate to food pantries.
Manley is working on a project that has been passed down from her late grandmother and name sake, Mary Ann Manley. Her grandma, had an idea to open a house for families (to pay ten dollars a night) to stay when a loved one was hospitalized nearby. Manley is following in her grandmother’s footsteps and decorated the house and add more furniture in it for more and more families to stay in the “Mary Ann Manley House.” The house partners with the Atlanta Medical Center, but the house is mostly owned by the WellStar Foundation. Manley has reached out to several friends and family for donations; whether that is money donations or old furniture to put in the rooms.
Junior Chloe Hangartner said, “It is very impressive that my classmates are going to receive these awards. Such an amazing way to serve the Lord and give back to the community.” These three junior girls are role models to their own classmates and encouraging ways to be a servant leader.
These three servant leaders are doing everything possible to better their community. After they have finished their service projects, they will be honored the Gold Award. This award can give them many benefits that can lead to scholarship money for certain colleges and even money from the Girl Scout Organization. The Wesleyan community is very proud of Amanda Doane, Olivia Curran and Mary Ann Manley for earning this amazing award.
Jennifer Nolan What college are you applying to / going to? Georgia Tech, UVA, CU Boulder