HILLSIDE, NJ - Hillside resident Jola Strayhorn is a second year Cadette Girl Scout from Hillside Troop 40188 and working to earn her Silver Award.

The Silver Award is the most elite honor a Cadette Girl Scout can earn. Jola had to complete a community (city or county or state, etc.) needs assessment and fulfill a need. In doing so the project must be sustainable and shared with others. To that end Jola fulfilled the need of the New Jersey School for the Blind’s (in Jersey City) students to have individualized canes.

Jola interviewed the students to learn their interest and created key chains that spoke to each student’s uniqueness. The students were then able to identify (by sound and touch) their specific cane. 

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Jola used her own allowance to cover the expense of this project. She also involved the Hillside community by visiting hair salons and asking for bead donations. She also took different art classes to help her with her creations.

Editor's Note:  Publishing this article is the last step in Jola’s application process. She is hoping to be a Silver Award Girl Scout by the summer.