Nicole Kilbourne had a good idea For Her Golden Girl Scout Award, she decided to collect food and clothing for Mishawaka Foodstuff.
Then she took it one step further: She persuaded her Penn High School swimming girls to step in and help. Her teammates embraced the whole project so much that they plan to do it next year as well. The Penn football team got a kick out of the whole plan and also collected food.
Nicole graduated this spring, but her activist spirit will continue with her team. This tells you to plant a healthy seedling (idea) and watch it grow.
For those who do not know, the Gold Award, which is similar to the Eagle Scout Award for Boy Scout, is a service project. Nicole is about service. The first year, the collection was 80 580. The second year the collection was a little lighter, und 350, but a pandemic happened and life was a little more confusing.
Nicole is the daughter of Diana and Mark, and Granger. Mom said they were discussing what the project should be. Nicki was anxious to get started and the idea of a food machine arose. “We knew there was such a need” with the food bank.
.Nicki said the team liked the idea of getting involved. “People liked that I was doing something for the community and that they should also be part of it.”
She said the project turned out great and she embraced the idea of being a scout. “Observers is an important organization because it teaches girls skills and qualities such as leadership, responsibility, kindness, service, problem solving and challenging. “It allows young girls to be part of a group of friends with similar interests and ideologies and, in general, it is something that benefits a community while allowing girls to have fun.”
The team was impressed with the collection the first year, Diana said. So the team registered for the second year. “The second year (2021) was more challenging and we got more clothes.”
Diana said the team plans to continue the car next year. Service projects “teach responsibility, leadership, and kindness to those who serve, and this allows for a closer knit community,” Nicki said.
Grandmother Carol Kilbourne sent a note pointing to Nicole’s project back in the spring.
“Nicki’s project has opened the door for something good to become a tradition at Penn High School.” Carol very much hopes that the good things will continue.
This fall, Nicki is in Purdue and she expects community service to continue for her. West Lafayette is getting a good citizen.
Someone who deserves a few more words.
Tom Hayes, 95, died July 8 on his boyfriend Mishawaka. He was an artist, a gentleman, a veteran and a storyteller. His smile shone through every room. Tom always took my hand to talk about any story or little thing. He was a longtime member of the South Bend Press Club. The annual Gridiron dinner was a way to show off his cartoon skills to local bigwigs.
Large works of art surrounded the stage and behind the head table. Everyone looked better with Tom’s artistic touch.
When not mocking politicians, he was a serious artist and patent maker. He worked for Studebaker and the Mishawaka Enterprise. Later, in the 1960s, he was a sports editor and cartoonist for The Tribune.
About six years ago, he decided that the wall in his basement needed works of art. He found his inspiration in an annual Mishawaka High School textbook. Tom was a graduate of Mishawaka in 1945. He loved school. The photo was straight, looking north from Lincoln Way. He painted the school in magnificent colors with fluffy clouds. It took a little tweaking, but he could do it. The 7-foot-by-14-foot display received good ratings.
He and his wife, Jenny, had an open house for friends to show the work. After that, he told me there were more walls in the basement to occupy. I hope he did.