Members of Girl Scout Troop 506, based at Market Street Elementary School, had a special guest at their regular meeting on Thursday, April 5. Janet Mau, director of Mahoning Valley Epilepsy showed up to accept a check from the girls, who dressed in purple to help promote awareness of people with epilepsy.
The idea to help out came from troop assistant Marty Subramanian, who serves on the board of Mahoning Valley Epilepsy and has a son Noah, who was diagnosed with the disease. The troop decided they could help by raising funds at school.
"The girls met the buses each morning during the week," said troop leader Dana Jankowski. "They held cans and accepted donations of coins each day."
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Girls Scouts from Troop 506 based at Market Street Elementary School presented a check for $201.75 to Janet Mau, director of Mahoning Valley Epilepsy. Present were, in front, Kayyssa Cornwell, Malia Furman, Mia Subramanian, Mau, Emma Conroy, Monica Furman and McKenzie Wilkins. In back are Paige Jankowski, Maria Torres, Kathleyna Wilkins, Alycia Rowe, and Hannah Gonzalez. Missing was Carsyn Sikora.
At the end of the week, they totaled the collection and found they had raised $201.75. On Thursday, they invited Mau to their regular meeting after school and presented her with the check. Mau said the money will be earmarked for a special program.
"We started two new support groups just for kids," Mau said. "This money will go towards helping get these groups going."
The girls also wore purple during the week as a way to bring awareness about epilepsy. Last week was "purple week" nationwide and the Scouts took the pledge that reads, "I pledge to promote proper perception of people with epilepsy."
Mau said it is a good thing to see children understanding people who have epilepsy. She said it is a big step in allowing those diagnosed to be understood so they can dealing with the disease.