Seven members of Girl Scout Troop 81265, all sixth-graders at Windsor Knolls Middle School, earned the 2019 President’s Volunteer Service Award after volunteering for more than 50 hours, individually, during the year 2018-2019.
Rachel Beckman, Cheyanne Campbell, Angela De La Cruz, Samantha Ibarra, Sequoia Martindale, Gabby Olliges and Lena Reesman volunteered for the Frederick County Animal Control shelter, Frederick County Parks & Recreation, CareWear, Savage Dance Company, the Animal Welfare League, their Girl Scout service unit, and other organizations throughout Frederick County.
De La Cruz was able to help her father collect donations for Three Rangers Foundation. “We asked restaurants and shops if they could donate to (a fundraising) golf tournament,” she said. The tournament raised money to provide assistance to Rangers of the U.S. Army’s 75th Regiment.
Martindale organized a visit to two adult English as a Second Language classes at Frederick Community College. There, she and two troopmates shared what the Girl Scouts program is and showed the students what the equivalent Girl Guides look like in their home countries. “I liked creating the slideshow and presenting it to people who didn’t know anything about Girl Scouts,” said Martindale.
Reesman helped organizations such as CareWear. She said that using a sewing machine, she and other troopmates sewed pillowcases for cough pillows that go directly to hospital atients. The pillows help ease the post-surgical pain of coughing or sneezing.
Rachel Beckman especially enjoyed her hours working with younger dancers at Savage Dance Company. “I got up front with the instructors and helped the 5-, 6-, and 7-year-olds with stretching, (dance routines) and other activities,” she said. She added that her older sisters are good role models for volunteering.
Madelyn Beckman, who is also a student at Windsor Knolls, spent 130 hours volunteering over the past year. She will be leaving eighth grade with a combined total of more than 300 hours of volunteer work during her three years in middle school.
Gabby Olliges most enjoys her time with Frederick County Animal Control shelter, where she continues to volunteer on a regular basis. “I walk dogs, and I make sure they have enough food and water. I do the same for cats and other animals.” She paused. “But we don’t walk the cats.”