By Sabrina Y.

            It has been almost a year since I first started my ambitious Silver Award project, and I have accomplished so much!  Last time I wrote about my Silver Award Project, I had collected $500.  Currently, I have earned over $6,000 for my project.  My goal is to raise $13,000 for the Women in Service portion of the Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk at Newtown Park, which is scheduled to open on Veterans Day, 2014.  Throughout the year, I have participated in many events to raise awareness about the memorial walk including the Newtown Park farmers markets, festivals, and movie in the park nights.  During these events, I have spoken to several hundreds of city residents.  Additionally, I created educational coloring books for children about America and our heroes. 
The coloring books are for sale for $5.00 or I can donate them to an elementary school, daycare or foster home on your behalf.  The coloring books are a fun way to get children excited about learning the importance of America's heroes. 
            What a wonderful experience it’s been to spread the word about this project to my community!  However, in order to collect $13,000, I knew it would take more than attending festivals. Therefore, I began soliciting the help of businesses.  I have met with several area businesses, and presented my project to CEOs.  It definitely took courage and confidence to go outside of my comfort zone, in order to present my Silver Award Project.  I could feel my heart palpitating inside of my chest, as I shook hands with these important business people, but I soon relaxed once I started talking about my project and saw how interested they were to listen to me.  It is nice to know that this Silver Award project is helping to bring the Johns Creek community together.
            Next, I would like to share with you some of the major activities that I have participated in since I last wrote about my Girl Silver Award project in the August 2013 issue of the Lime Green Giraffe.  Thanks to members of the community, I received the opportunity to spread the word about my project via several media outlets.  Four different newspapers including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution interviewed me.  In addition to this, I have been on a radio talk show called the Difference Makers radio on Business Radio X.  Although the publicity has been exciting, I thought that I shouldn’t be the one being recognized.  Instead, the valiant veterans should be in the spotlight, so I have started interviewing veterans. Every veteran has a story, so why not listen and learn?
 I got the opportunity to have an interview with the accomplished Rear Admiral Martha Herb, and I wrote an article about her for Lime Green Giraffe, so if your interested in reading about her, please click here!  Not long after I started conducting interviews, I received a $2,000 check from Jackson Health Care.  Thanks to Mr. Chad Jackson's benevolence, I was closer to accomplishing my overall goal. 
On November 9th, I participated in the ground-breaking ceremony for the Johns Creek Veterans Memorial walk.  In addition to informing more citizens of Johns Creek about my project at this special event, I was part of a small group of officials, including the mayor of Johns Creek, invited to be honorary “ground-diggers.”  What an honor!
            Although I have accomplished much in this past year, I am only half way to my goal.  I am in need of your help!  Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Spread the word; tell as many people as you can about this great cause, and follow me on twitter @mygsproject.
  • Sign-up; on my blog,, to receive periodic updates on the project, and I promise no spam.
  • Businesses; if you are or know of a business that would like to help me reach my goal, please contact me at
  • Buy a coloring book; I have a pay pal account on my blog, or you can send a check.  Visit my website for details.
On my blog site There you will find links to my videos, radio interview, pictures of the many events I have attended, and more.  I hope that this project can help inspire many Girl Scouts to get involved in the community, and help them dream big!  Remember, girls are never too young to make a positive impact in their community. Thank you very much for all of your help and support!

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