Sharpsville Girl Scout earns Silver Award

ContributedKylie Jackson, right, receives her Girl Scout Silver Award from troop Leader Jo Ann Messett.

Kylie Jackson, a student in Sharpsville Area School District, has earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second-highest award in Girl Scouting and the highest recognition for girls in sixth through eighth grade.

A member of Girl Scout Troop 30325, Kylie address issues associated with Alzheimer’s in the elderly and ways to help calm or comfort Alzheimer’s patients.

Kylie began her research into issues that arise with Alzheimer’s patients and developed hands-on activities to help patients manage their symptoms. Through research and with the assistance of her advisor — Holly King, a retired registered nurse — she chose to make busy blankets.

These busy blankets are made of a soft quilt-like material that provides patients with touch-based activities to help decrease anxiety and agitation. Kylie learned how to sew the blankets and attach all the touch-based items — including buttons, pockets and zippers — to help keep patients calm and happy.

After finishing the blankets, Kylie delivered them to a local nursing home for residents.

Kylie, of Sharpsville, is a daughter of Heidi Knight and Scott Jackson from the Sharpsville Area School District and surrounding community. As a Girl Scout member for eight years she was supported in her Silver Award efforts by advisor Holly King, journey leader Angela Reda and troop Leader Jo Ann Messett.

The Silver Award is second only to the Gold Award in Girl Scouting.

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