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Two Kennedy seniors earn Girl Scout Gold Awards

Susanna Cohen of Troop 10496 and Alexandria Kleinschmidt of Troop 1272, both seniors at Kennedy Catholic, earned their Girl Scout Gold Awards, the Girl Scout equivalent of Eagle Scout.

For Cohen’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, she created a new website for St. Aloysius – a preschool, convent, and retreat center in Hopewell Junction. According to Cohen, the website had not been updated since 2006. After completing the website, www.st-aloysius.org, she taught younger Girl Scouts what she had learned by hosting workshops for Brownies to earn a Computer Expert badge.

The goal of Kleinschmidt’s project was to encourage and facilitate senior citizens getting out of their house and being active. She worked with the president and board of the Jefferson Village Condo Association and organized a ‘Senior’ Prom for approximately 200 senior citizens. Kleinschmidt also hosted smaller events, such as baking for the seniors and watching a movie with them.

“It was an extremely rewarding project,” Kleinschmidt said. “I had the chance to meet many seniors whose ages ranged from the 60s to the high 90s. Many of the seniors expressed a lot of gratitude for my project. The conversations I had with them and their appreciation was truly rewarding.”

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