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Scouting

July 24, 2006

Jessica Shade of Chambersburg, Pa., recently earned the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Shade is a member of Teen Girl Scout Troop 1250 in the Conococheague Neighborhood of Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council.

To earn her Gold Award, Shade, 18, made and donated comforts to the homeless and people in Third-World countries. "During my project, I made the comforts, got donations of materials, had residents of Luther Ridge Retirement Community and my troop help with knotting the comforts, and delivered them to Solomon's Lutheran Church and the Franklin County Homeless Shelter," she said.

Solomon's helped Shade by shipping the comforts to Lutheran World Relief for distribution to Third World countries. A total of 12 comforts were made so at least 12 people will be warmer because of her efforts.

Shade, the daughter of Terry and Jeffery Shade, graduated from Chambersburg Area Senior High School and will attend Bethany College in West Virginia to study equine science. In addition to Girl Scouting, she also volunteers at the Franklin County Therapeutic Riding Center, Untied Way May of Caring, Relay for Life, and Camp S'more, a children's bereavement camp. When Shade is not busy volunteering, she enjoys horseback riding, boating, kayaking, and white-water rafting.

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