BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Five Briarcliff Girl Scouts recently earned their silver awards.
The girls from Girl Scout Senior Troop 2058 are ninth graders who have each been active in scouts since kindergarten, according to a press release. Five of the nine troop members earned their Silver Awards "which is the second highest award in scouting," according to the release.
"This prestigious award is achieved by completing a community service project that requires at least 50 hours of work," representatives wrote in the release. "Each scout must identify a need and take action, and must use their leadership skills to be successful. The project must also be sustainable and have a global impact."
Devon Bombassei's project entitled “The Cottage School Tile Mosaic” recognizes the school’s mission to "provide children from troubled or disadvantaged homes with a safe, structured and caring environment in which to learn and to heal," according to the release. Devon's tile mosaic helps "brighten and enhance a frequently used gathering space at the school," according to the release, and "the colorful mosaic incorporates the school's eagle mascot and vibrantly expresses the spirit and hope of the students."
Jackie Contento's project "focused on the needs of the homeless women at the Samaritan House Shelter in White Plains" with “Staying Warm and Starting Fresh,” according to the release.
"This scout made, delivered and shared dinners, desserts, brown bag lunches and snacks with the residents," representatives said in the release. "She also collected and donated warm clothing, winter wear accessories, personal hygiene items and bed and bath items. Jackie’s numerous visits offered hope and motivation for the women to transition back into society."
Teresa Marinaccio’s project was entitled “Paws for a Cause” and was centered on collecting animal care supplies for the Briarcliff Manor-based SPCA of Westchester, according to the release.
"She also spread awareness regarding animal abuse through presentations to various students and adults and convinced many to sign her petition to help change the way people behave towards animals," representatives wrote in the release.
Jenna Whalen and Rekha Crawford teamed up on the project called “Gifts of Love,” which "focused on supplying adolescent patients at the Maria Ferari Children’s Hospital with activity kits geared towards keeping these children happy while healing at the hospital," according to the release.
"The generosity of the community broadened the project and resulted in supplying even the younger patients with many gifts of love," representatives said in the release. "These two scouts presented their work to various community organizations and social groups and built a network of concerned youth to continue their fine work for ill children."
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