|Two FCHS seniors focus on community issues|
Franklin County High School seniors McKenzie Andrews (left) and Victoria King presented their Girl Scout projects to the Virginia General Assembly last week. Above, they are shown outside the Capitol in Richmond.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Two Franklin County Girl Scouts from Troop 481 traveled to Richmond last week to present projects that will earn them Girl Scout Gold Awards.
Victoria King and McKenzie Andrews presented their projects to legislators at the Virginia General Assembly.
"I was contacted by Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council," said Troop leader Debbie Duncan. "They thought the projects were outstanding and wanted the girls to present them to our state legislature. Both projects deal with community issues."
King's project deals with poverty in Franklin County. She is working with the STEP program in Rocky Mount to provide clothing and school supplies for children ages 3 through 5.
"I will be setting up a box soon where people can bring in items of clothing and school supplies, and in return, take what they need from the box," said King.
Local churches are helping with the initial donation and start-up box.
"I was not aware that so many people in Franklin County are in need," said King. "I am just glad I can do something to help."
King is a senior at Franklin County High School. She is the daughter of Shelby King of Wirtz and Tony King of Roanoke.
Andrews, also a senior at FCHS, decided to focus her project on bullying.
"My sister was bullied in school, so I wanted to focus on that issue," said Andrews. "The General Assembly was discussing some bills on bullying while we were there, so it was good to have the project set up for them to see."
Andrews is planning a walk to raise awareness of the issue of bullying. The walk will take place March 22 in the Central Gym at FCHS.
"We will walk a mile around the gym," said Andrews. "There will also be bracelets, candy, face painting, and I will be speaking about bullying."
The project has taught Andrews to "stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves."
"More people are bullied than you will ever know," she said.
Andrews is the daughter of Teresa Overstreet and Page Andrews, both of Burnt Chimney.
Both Girl Scouts said they enjoyed their trip to Richmond and feel their projects were well-received.
"I had fun meeting the delegates and talking with them about my project," said King. "They seemed to like it and I am glad."
"I can't tell you how proud I am of these two girls and all the hard work they have done," said Duncan. "Girl Scouts do make a difference. It's evident in these girls' projects."
The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can obtain in her high school years. It is equivalent to the Eagle Award for Boy Scouts.