Molly’s Silver Award project was aimed to specifically impact the lives of children and their families who are in a hospital, since being in such a situation is mentally difficult for everyone involved. In partnership with Tammie Gardner at the Parker location of Children’s Hospital, Molly was able to gain permission to install her bookshelf. Via a garage sale and multiple book drives, friends and neighbors contributed to the bookshelf through the donation of new books.
Once the shelf became a reality, Molly named the project Taylor’s Shelf, in honor of a family friend and fellow Girl Scout named Taylor. Taylor was diagnosed with Stage lV High-Risk Neuroblastoma when she was two-years-old and has now had nine years of survivorship! Molly wanted to share Taylor’s inspirational story and help raise the spirits of families in the hospital. The shelf, along with Taylor’s story, were installed at Children’s Hospital, Parker on August 9, 2017.
Molly’s goal is for patients and families to have access to light- hearted books in a difficult time that will help them find hope and keep their minds off of the reason they are in the hospital. A good book always makes her smile, and hopefully it will do the same for everyone else.
She gives special thanks to Tammie Gardner, Staples in Parker, and of course, her family, friends, and neighbors, who donated time and support towards her Silver Award project, Taylor’s Shelf.
She began by researching financial education in Colorado and found large gaps. For example, “In Algebra II, students are taught how to calculate interest; what they are not taught is how interest could affect their credit scores or how to figure interest into the cost of a purchase,” she said. Emma discussed her concerns with her principal, who put her in touch with the teacher of her school’s Family Consumer Science class. Emma offered to develop a unit on financial safety online for the class, and then created presentations, videos, discussion outlines, and quizzes to use in the classroom. Next, she persuaded the local school board to strengthen the teaching of financial literacy throughout the district, and she is now working with state legislators on guidelines for educators across the state to follow in teaching students about financial topics.
Youth volunteers in grades 5-12 were invited to apply for 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards last fall through schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of the HandsOn Network. More than 31,000 middle level and high school students nationwide participated in this year’s program.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program was created in 1995 to identify and recognize young people for outstanding volunteer service – and, in so doing, inspire others to volunteer, too. In the past 22 years, the program has honored more than 120,000 young volunteers at the local, state and national level.