“In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation making May 15th “Peace Officer’s Memorial Day” and the week following ‘Police Week’,” explains Kimberly Rosell as she sits down to chat about her Gold Award project. “I chose my Gold Award project to honor our local Police Departments.”
Kimberly, who is a member of troop 1662 has been a Girl Scout her entire life, and is now working towards earning Girl Scouts highest award – the Gold Award. Her project aims to increase awareness of and appreciation for local police officers, to raise money in order to purchase needed equipment such as LPR’s (Licence Plate Readers), and to create a reflective documentary on police officers and their jobs.
During Police week, she shared her mission with local Pelham Girl Scouts, Pelham Boy Scouts, and Pelham students as she led them in creating over 150 “Thank You” cards for both the Village of Pelham and Pelham Manor Police Departments. She’s quick to include them in her success, “A huge thank you to all of them and their leaders who participated and took the time to create heartfelt cards. As I read through the cards, I was moved by the sincerity and the sentiments written by the younger troops.”
Kimberly chose this project after being inspired by her older sister’s Gold Award project. “She had worked with fire department to raise funds to purchase needed equipment”, she remembers, “I wanted to help the police department and show our appreciation for them.”
Her next step? Writing, filming, and sharing a documentary about police offers to encourage appreciation and increase empathy towards those in the position. “I want this documentary to influence people in positive ways”, she says, “We should always be grateful for our local police.”
From Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson to all our officers for keeping us safe – We are grateful for everything you do.