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Armonk Girl Scouts Make Room for Hope

ARMONK, N.Y. - Learning about the lives of local children in foster care was enough to push Armonk 12-year-olds Amanda Morgante and Zoe Kreutzer into action. The girls rallied together and raised enough money to purchase bedding and other room decorations for 65 children staying at the Pleasantville Cottage School through the "Room for Hope" program.

“I thought we could collect room supplies to help brighten up their rooms,” Morgante said. "We chose to collect ‘bedding in a bag,’ so wherever they moved, they would have their own special and familiar place that would make them feel comfortable and would always belong to them."

The girls originally pledged to decorate 40 girls' beds however, the effort was so successful they were able to add 25 boys to the project.

Their efforts won them the second-highest Girl Scouts honor, the Silver Award.

“We wanted to decorate the kids’ rooms to make them happy and more personal and make them feel at home, even though they were away from home," Kreutzer said.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the girls purchased bedding from local stores and collected bedding donated by Armonk middle school students. They loaded it all into their parents’ cars, with homemade brownies and cupcakes, for delivery.

“The girls were very excited choosing their favorite colors for their bedding," Kreutzer said.

Morgante and Kreutzer worked in collaboration with Director of Volunteer Services at the Pleasantville Cottage Phina Geiger and held a presentation for H.C. Crittenden Middle School Principal H. Evan Powderly.

“‘Room for Hope’ was a really nice project that would have a great impact on the kids at the Pleasantville Cottage School,” Team 7A-B Science Teacher Jim Gulick said. “We knew this would be an exciting and rewarding experience for the school.”

The girls also turned to their Girl Scout community of Bedford-Byram Hills and organized events such as "Live to Dance for Room of Hope" to raise money and gather donations.

“We are giving them something special," Morgante said. "They'll have a more comfortable place to live and will know people care about them."

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