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Monday, April 25, 2016

Project to Aid Pediatric Patients Earns Award

Fifth grade Girl Scouts at Westport’s Kings Highway Elementary School are now bronze award winners, the highest award a junior girl scout troop can achieve.

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Some of the members of the fifth grade Girl Scout troop at Kings Highway Elemnetary School work on their “lily pads.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

They did it by making and donating 24 “Lily Pad” seats to help pediatric cancer patients at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital become mobile.

Ten girls from Troop 50889 partnered with Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Unit, the Lily Pad Project, the Silvermine Arts Center, the Westport Artists’ Collective, the Woodworkers Club of Norwalk, and other partners to create artistic wooden seats, known as Lily Pads, for pediatric cancer patients who cannot walk.

The seats are placed at the bottom of IV poles in order for the children who are weak from receiving cancer treatments and unable to walk, to sit at the bottom of the poles and move around the cancer ward.

The Lily Pad seats made by the Westport girl scouts are the first to be created and donated to an East Coast hospital and the fifth grade scouts are the youngest group nationwide to complete this project, according to a news release from the troop.

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Artists from the Westport Artists Collective helped the Girl Scouts in their efforts. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The girls sketched their Lily Pad seat designs, cut and sanded the wood, painted their designs on the wood, and will personally deliver the seats to Yale’s Pediatric Oncology Unit in June, the news release said.

Participating in the project are Evelyn Anvari, Carly Chamlin, Sasha Chamlin, Hannah Cohen, Anna Diorio, Gianna Holt, Jane Leahy, Molly Lynch, Scarlett McRoberts, and Lilly Weisz and Troop Co-leaders Claudia McRoberts and Lyn Hogan.

Interstate and Lakeland Lumber in Stamford donated the raw wood for the seats. The Woodworkers Club of Norwalk donated their space, woodworking machines and time to help the girls cut and sand the wood to create the seats.

Westport’s DayWorks, an app that connects dayworkers with constructions jobs, donated labor, paints and brushes and helped the girls cut, sand and paint the boards.

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The completed “lilly pads” will be presented in June. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Silvermine Arts Center donated space for the girls to paint the seats and Silvermine and the Westport Artists’ Collective provided local artists to help the girls paint their seat designs and design and paint their own as well.

Twenty-four seats in all were cut, sanded, painted, and varnished. The seats will be presented to the Yale Pediatric Oncology Unit at a ceremony in the Center’s lobby on Monday, June 13 at 5 p.m.

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