Community projects from two area girl scouts have earned them the highest award in scouting—the Girl Scout Gold Award.

The Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania in late October announced the awards from the two local teens.

Kendall Myers, 16, a student at Trinity High School, for her Gold Award project titled “Red Apron Meal Kits,” she created meal kits for Salvation Army of Harrisburg’s clients, using shelf stable products commonly available in food pantries.

Instead of receiving a box of rice or cans of beans at the pantry, clients were able to select a kit containing the items necessary to create a healthy meal for their families, along with a recipe card and instructions.

“I learned that many food pantry clients do not always have the tools or experience necessary to create a healthy meal for their families,” Kendall said. “I spent several months researching, testing and modifying recipes and came up with recipes for the Salvation Army including Mexican Rice Skillet, Chicken Curry & Rice, and Cinnamon Oatmeal Bake.”

Kendall also conducted food drives for ingredients that were not readily available at the Salvation Army or Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, and Salvation Army volunteers helped pack 900 meal kits using six of the recipes. Additional kits are expected to be packed.

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Robin Hoy, 17, a student at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School, also earned a Gold Award for her project, titled “L3: Look Learn Live.”

Robin tackled the topics of suicide prevention and mental health by founded an Aevidum Club at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School. The term means “I’ve got your back.”

The club, and its banana campaign, aimed to de-stigmatize depression and raise awareness about the warning signs among high school students. The club was originally started in Lancaster County after students lost a classmate to suicide and has grown to a nationwide movement.

Robin also made suicide prevention information available through announcements and presentations shown to students during gym class.

“After hearing what this club was about, I knew that I wanted to bring it to Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School,” Robin said. “From Girl Scouts, I’ve learned to be considerate and caring, how to talk to authority figures and how to use proper tools. Girl Scouts have shaped me into the person I am today.”

Gold Award winners will be recognized at a May 2020 event at the Hershey Lodge.

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