Culver City Girls Scouts continue to shift the landscape of the community. Evan Fratantuno, Eve Trapnell and Fielden Coombs-Perez are on their way to earning their Silver Award, the second highest achievement in scouting. The first is the Bronze Award, the last is the Gold Award (see culvercitycrossroads.com/2019/02/13/gun-buy-back-gold-award-gets-67-weapons-melted-down/)
To earn a Silver Award, the first step is to identify a community issue – these girls choose Senior Citizens who are lonely, possibly shut in, economically challenged and disconnected. Then, they created an action plan – a “Senior Social” at the Culver City Rotary Club Plaza home for low income seniors. They collected donations from the Chabola family, Albert Vera, Jr. at Sorrento Market, and Danny Cavanaugh, along with full support of the CC Rotary Club. They put the plan into action with hours of planning, calls, organizing and then…the party!
It was a huge success with well over 40 residents attending. The administrator said they usually only get about 15, so the numbers alone spoke well of the whole concept. Most seniors at the Rotary Club Plaza don’t leave their apartments very often, and this was a great way to get them out and get them connected.
The scouts were able to feed the seniors hot meal, created raffle baskets to give to the residents and mingled with a roving photo booth, giving the seniors keepsake polaroid photos. Fratantuno, Trapnell and Coombs-Perez made their own flower arrangements, set up the food and desserts and created some friendships that will last a lifetime.
They went back to Rotary Club Plaza on Valentine’s Day to hang handmade Valentines on 100 doors and are in the process of creating a photo album for the facility to keep in their rec. room.
When the scouts were asked what inspired this particular Silver Award, they had some thoughtful answers.
What do you think your life will be like when you are a senior citizen?
Fielden- “I think I will probably live in Culver City and will have Grandkids that come to visit me. I think I will be a part of the YMCA board and I will be involved in the community. I would like to travel too and have friends around the area.”
Congratulations to the scouts, the seniors and the leaders for creating connections and fostering friendships.
The senior pictured above, Henriette, has connected with Evan and will be teaching her French.
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