By: Wayne Allen
July 30, 2012
Clay Elementary students, Hannah Phipps and Jaelyn Warnock, recently earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award for their work with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
The purpose of this project was to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer in hopes of one day finding a cure. The girls held two stands during June at Portsmouth Baptist Church and Christ Sanctuary Church. They chose this project after seeing Alexandra Scott’s story on TV. She was a cancer patient who had a lemonade stand to help other children battling cancer. The girls then decided to have their own stand.
The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior (grades 4-5) can earn, and it requires her to develop the leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on the community.
Jaelyn said, “I learned there are many people in our area that are affected by cancer and I wanted to do something to help. So many people that came to our stand told us they had had cancer or knew someone that did.” Hannah said, “I learned that you should always try to help others and not always think about yourself.” They would like thank all who stopped to support their stand and hope to make it an annual event.
Working towards the Girl Scout Bronze Award demonstrates a girls commitment to helping others, improving her community and the world, and becoming the best she can be. Girls may work on the award individually or in a group.
The girls are 5th graders at Clay Elementary and members of troop 1190. Hannah is the daughter of Steve and Kendal Phipps and Jaelyn is the daughter of Todd and Julie Warnock.