One of the leading reasons homeless and low income high school students skip school is that they lack the basic supplies required to feel comfortable and prepared to learn, and organizers are working to stock a cupboard of supplies at Mountlake Terrace High School.
The three organizers, from Edmonds, Woodway and Lynnwood, are 13-year-old Braunté Beeks, 13-year-old Emily Goergen and 14-year-old Sophie Mazzarella. They are asking for donations of:
- Shelf-stable, ready-to-eat food such as canned ravioli, granola bars, or individually portioned applesauce
- Clothing in a range of teen and adult sizes, including underwear, socks, gym shorts, hats, gloves and shoes
- School supplies appropriate for high school, such as mechanical pencils, college-ruled paper, notebooks, and sturdy school backpacks
- Toiletries for both girls and boys, including deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, makeup, combs/brushes and sanitary supplies
- Cash donations to purchase supplies not provided by the drive, which can be made online at mkt.com/safetyscouts or by check mailed to Girl Scout Troop 41002, P.O. Box 1839, Edmonds, WA 98020.
Donations can be dropped off at:
- Coldwell Banker Bain, 108 5th Ave. S., Edmonds, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday
- QFC, 22828 100th Ave. W., Edmonds, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 30
- St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 21405 82nd Pl. W., Edmonds, between 10 a.m. and noon, Monday through Thursday, and before and after church services on Sunday
- Edmonds Farmer’s Market, at the troop’s Safety Scouts booth, on Saturday, Aug. 6, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- By arranging a drop off or pick up using the troop’s email account: firstname.lastname@example.org
All contributions must be received by August 14.
Troop 41002 has collaborated with Washington Kids in Transition, who will sustain the project after the initial stocking of supplies is complete. The Scouts will provide the donated items to counselors at Mountlake Terrace High School, who will distribute the items at the beginning of the school year and as needed.
This project is part of an effort by the three organizers to earn their Girl Scout Silver Award, which is the second highest earned award a Scout can earn, and the highest earned award a Scout can earn in their age group. The girls have worked on this project for several months and are excited about the impact this project will have on students in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace.
Girl Scout Cadette Troop 41002 is based in Edmonds, Washington, with troop members in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Shoreline. The girls are in seventh and eighth grades.