Westport Girl Scouts craft ‘lily pads’ for young cancer patients
WESTPORT — “Lily pads” to buoy young cancer patients have been crafted by fifth-grade members of Girl Scout Troop 50889 at Kings Highway Elementary School.
The lily pads made by the Girl Scouts are wooden seats, with artistic flourishes, placed at the bottom of IV poles to enable children weakened from cancer treatments and unable to walk to sit at the bottom of the poles and move around the hospital.
The troop members made 24 seats, which will be presented to the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Unit in June.
Participating in the project are Kings Highway Elementary fifth-graders Evelyn Anvari, Carly Chamlin, Sasha Chamlin, Hannah Cohen, Anna Diorio, Gianna Holt, Jane Leahy, Molly Lynch, Scarlett McRoberts and Lilly Weisz, with Troop 50889 co-leaders Claudia McRoberts and Lyn Hogan.
After choosing their community project, the girls made video presentations to potential partners and pulled together the endeavor. The girls sketched lily pad seat designs, cut and sanded the wood and painted designs on the seats.
The project enabled the girls to earn their Bronze Awards, the highest a junior Girl Scout can achieve.
The seats made by the local scouts are the first created and donated to an East Coast hospital, and the fifth-graders are the youngest group nationwide to carry out such a project, according to publicity from the troop.