By Amanda Moses
Amelia Earhart once said, “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” Volunteerism and kindness are just some of the founding pillars of the Starrett City Girl Scouts (SCGS). They spend their days working on donation projects for illnesses like breast cancer and heart disease, gathering non-perishable food to donate for those less fortunate and overall are always willing to lend a helping hand. Sometimes those that spend their lives showing kindness are in need of receiving it too. Last month, the SCGS received a special gift of appreciation when the Starett City Tenants Association (SCTA) decided to pay the registration free for 100 girl scouts.
SCGS Troop Leader, Pamela Schwartz, was simply astounded by the sheer generosity of the SCTA. “We’ve never had such a kind offer like this before. This one act has increased the number of girls able to participate and helps to boost scout morale,” said Schwartz. Every year, members of the scouts are required to pay a $15 registration fee. There are financial aid opportunities available, but with registration deadlines and other responsibilities flooding our lives, filling out forms becomes difficult.
Sharrell Cooper, a Scout Leader and single mother of three daughters, knows how important it is to keep her children active. “The girl scouts provide children with an outlet to participate in educational activities with kids their age,” she said. The $15 registration fee may not seem like much, but the costs add up. Parents can sometimes have their expenses pile up, like paying for books, shoes, and other school supplies. For many, $15 can make a huge difference, said Cooper.
Schwartz said that so far with the help of SCTA’s kind donation, about 73 girls have registered for the scouts. Thirteen-year-old Kandce Gilliam feels extremely grateful for having her registration fee paid for. “It makes me feel like I have people in my community who care about me. I like being a part of the scouts because I am surrounded by like-minded girls,” Gilliam said.
Nodding in agreement Mia Tyson feels proud to be a part of the Spring Creek Towers community because they support her passion for the girl scouts. “With the registration fee paid for me, it just feels like a big lift off my (and my parents) shoulders,” said Tyson.
SCTA President Rebecca Caraballo said that she wanted to do more for the SCGS—more than paying for one field trip for existing members. “The scouts is an great place for young ladies to educate themselves, participate in fun activities and learn how to be future leaders,” Caraballo said.
The registration fee donation goes to any girl on a first come, first serve basis. If you have or know of a child in SCT who wants to join the SCGS, contact Pamela Schwartz at 516-356-2049. Photo by Amanda Moses