All 11 Amesbury Junior Girl Scouts in Troop 62061 received their Bronze Awards during a ceremony at the Pettengill House on May 30.
The Bronze Award is the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve. (Senior Girl Scouts can achieve a Gold or Silver Award).
The Amesbury girls, ages 10 and 11, put in more than 30 hours of work supporting the Pettengill House and its mission to support and empower children and families.
“We looked at a lot of different organizations before they decided who to work with,” Troop leader Tina Leary said. “And they were really impressed with what the Pettengill House does and wanted to help them out and I think they have done that in a big way this year.”
Troop members Miesha Acevedo, Sydney Aldrich, Alyssa Pettet, Audrey Gravelle, Madison Sanchez, Gemma Leary, Chloe Davis, Allie Labrecque, Abby Allain, Alyssa Mangini and Catherine Hussey partnered with the Pettengill House on six separate donation drives, collecting 88 fleece hoodies, $910 in gift cards, 113 pajama sets and 39 boxes of Valentine’s cards, more than 268 food items, 339 personal care items and more 20 diaper packages and baby care items. In addition, the troop made four large fleece blankets with materials they bought with their own funds.
“They are awesome,” Leary said. “These girls have been in the troop since kindergarten and this is the big goal, to get a Bronze Award. I am very, very proud of them.”
Leary has also been with the troop since they were in kindergarten and along with her co-leaders, Michelle Sanchez and Meredith Vadala, took the girls up to Attitash Mountain last week for one last party.
“This was their big goal,” Leary said. “They are going into sixth grade now and they are ready to try on new things and take on different activities, so they are ready to be done. But they are all going to see each other, they all go to the same school, they live in the same town. But it was bittersweet for sure.”