Volume 68, Issue I
By Julia Orientale
Junior Charlotte Sendek has been a Girl Scout for the past 11 years, starting a Daisy scout and now a Senior scout. When Girl Scouts reach middle school, they have the option to create a project that becomes their Bronze Award. After the bronze award, a girl scout can decide if she wants to go for the Silver Award. After the silver comes the gold, the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive. Earning the gold award requires lots of hard work and determination. In order to earn the award, a Girl Scout must individually spend 80 hours on a project that will benefit her whole community sustainably.
Sendek, currently pursuing the Gold Award, was inspired by her family friend who runs the nonprofit Vetiquette. For Sendek’s project, she is collecting artwork to send to blue and gold star families (a blue star family has a family member currently in service and a gold star family has a family member who died in service). She is collecting artwork from anyone as pieces por- tray the character traits of veterans and their families. Vetiquette conducts projects similar to those that receive Gold Awards to help raise awareness about veterans. Charlotte wanted to help this charity because she thinks it’s a very important and thoughtful cause.
People can help Sendek by donating artwork such as a sketch or a painting. The piece must reflect character traits of veterans and their families. It can be a flat piece or a fold-over card with a recommend- ed size of 5×7 inches. Charlotte is willing to provide materials. People can also help by donating money to offset shipping costs. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sendek at email@example.com.