Girl Scouts’ Project Powers Past Coronavirus

POTTSTOWN PA – Three students at Owen J. Roberts’ French Creek Elementary School on Coventryville Road weren’t about to let the coronavirus outbreak spoil their plans to help local families celebrate the recent Easter holiday, and earn an important Girl Scout award in the process, the school district reports.

Lily Ciechoski, Saya McLean, and Natalie Boucher had planned a spring egg hunt for special needs children, one in which they wanted to ensure that all kids participating – including those using a wheelchair or other mobility tools – had easy, enjoyable access to the fun. They received donations of candies, plastic eggs, and cash for the project, and the 422 Sportsplex on Industrial Highway in Lower Pottsgrove offered to stage the hunt inside its facility.

The big event was part of what the girls hoped would qualify them to earn a bronze award, the highest achievement possible for a Girl Scout Junior.

Then coronavirus struck. Stay-at-home and social distancing became daily norms and frequently uttered phrases. The egg hunt was canceled, but the inspired trio refused to abandon the effort. So they turned to the school district and its cafeteria services vendor, Chartwells, for help.

Those donated plastic eggs, stuffed with candy and toys, were themselves stuffed into meals being distributed by the district to families with children in need. The recipients gleefully enjoyed their surprises, the district wrote in a recent e-mail.

The collected money was contributed to The Arc of Chester County, which provides services to the county’s special needs community. “The Arc’s mission to make the world more inclusive is exactly the intent of the scouts’ special project,” the district noted, “and the girls are so thankful to those who supported their efforts to that end.”

Photo from the Owen J. Roberts School District