Girl Scouts Give Thomas Jefferson Elementary School a Tune-Up

Girl Scouts from Troop 1326 pose with Councilman Tom Diana, Supervisor Ilan Gilbert, music teacher Charles Rhyner, TJES Principal Dr. Karen Gagliardi, and troop leader Jennie Sunshine. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
Girl Scouts cut the ribbon on the refurbished music wing. Credits: Brian Marschhauser
The Scouts worked for months to design the corridor. Credits: Brian Marschhauser

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Junior Girl Scouts in Troop 1326 recently earned a Bronze Award by spreading their love of music.

There are seven steps to completing the optional service project, explained troop leader Jennie Sunshine. One of the most challenging steps is finding a worthwhile project the fourth- and fifth-grade girls can complete and from which the community can benefit.

“We are supposed to find a need in the community, somewhere we can make a difference,” Sunshine said.

Sign Up for E-News

One evening, following the troop’s meeting at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School on Gomer Street, the girls walked around to find a special need in their own school. As they looked down an empty hallway near the school’s music room, the troop had its “ah-ha” moment.

“As we came around the corner, we saw that this area was so blank and there are so many other beautiful murals here in our school that we really felt it would be so special to make this a music wing of the school,” Sunshine said. “Not just a classroom, which is beautiful, but a whole wing of the school.”

Over the next few months, the Girl Scouts got to work. Though the Bronze Award is optional, all girls in the troop participated, Sunshine said. They painted designs and the names of some of their favorite musicians.

“We chose to make the hallway outside the music classroom a special place,” Sunshine said. “A place that would bring cheer to students and teachers alike and might help inspire future musicians, singers or performers.”

Charles Rhyner, music teacher at Thomas Jefferson, said he considered himself lucky that Sunshine and her troop chose to do their project outside his classroom.

“This could have happened in any part of the school, but it happened here,” Rhyner said. “[Sunshine] approached me about doing this project and I thought it was a wonderful idea.”

The troop, of course, also had to get permission from school administrators, who happily granted it. Principal Dr. Karen Gagliardi joined the Girl Scouts at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, May 7.

Sunshine said that the final step of achieving the Bronze Award of is to spread the word about their project.

“Just by being here, you are helping us to complete the seventh and last part of the Bronze Award, as we share our hard work and art and music and joy with you,” Sunshine said at the ribbon-cutting.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Here's What You Missed Last Week

Last week, the Daily News ran a headline, “When is our father coming home?” This dealt with a person here illegally, married to an American woman with a family, who was arrested at an Army base while delivering pizza. You are supposed to think that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), under Trump, is tearing families apart. As usual, it was a crock of cow pies. It was ...

Remembering Bobby Kennedy

I’m not the type of person who is prone to hero worship. Witnessing people screaming hysterically during rock concerts never sat well with me. Yes, I did see many a great group (the Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, the Who, the Doors), yet my demeanor was always one reflecting inner peace rather than extreme exuberance.

I was offered tickets to Woodstock (yes, originally you needed ...

Competing—Against Yourself

This is the time of year when students are recognized at public ceremonies for notable achievements in their studies, their sports and in their extracurricular pursuits.

Where we live, there are awards in various sports that are named for our son, who also is memorialized by town ballfield Harrison Apar Field of Dreams and a charitable foundation of the same name.

Due to a rare dwarfism, ...

I Come from the Land Down Under

I know this is a family column, so I’m going to put this in as delicate terms as possible.

This morning I woke up and I knew, as sure as the sun shines over Bora Bora, that something was very, very wrong in that place in my body where the Bora Bora sun doesn’t shine.

It’s that place I used to refer to my daughter as her hoo-hoo. But it certainly wasn’t a happy ...

Andy’s at It Again

June 13, 2018

A couple of years ago, I wrote to question why Andy wasn’t citing his sources when he flings dirt at any Democrat he wants to malign.

Well, he’s at it again. In the latest iteration, he tells us that Obama was responsible for putting a spy in the Trump campaign. He then repeats himself three more times to emphasize his point, but gives no proof or evidence to back up the ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, June 20

Yorktown Heights Fire Station 1, Yorktown Heights

Yorktown Heights Fireman's Carnival

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back Other Police & Fire


Thu, June 21

Navajo Field, Yorktown Heights

2018 Kickball Registration is Open! Meet, Greet ...


Thu, June 21, 7:00 PM

NY-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, Cortlandt Manor

Book Club for Women with Cancer

Health & Wellness

Yorktown Youth Soccer Club Results

June 15, 2018

Sunday, June 10  - The Yorktown Crew clinched the Westchester Youth Soccer League JV-1 Division with a 4-3 win over Rivertown FC on Sunday. The team has been on a remarkable run for the past 2 seasons with a team record of 16-1-1. Sunday’s matchup vs Rivertown had a championship like atmosphere as Rivertown trailed Yorktown by 1 point in the standings. The Crew worked hard all week in ...