ColleenColleen O. of Harvard
Horseshoe Attraction to Benefit Vision Impaired Charities

Each year in Harvard the Lion’s Club hosts the Harvard Fall Festival – a weekend-long family event with all proceeds befitting charity. But what exactly does “charity” mean? That’s the question Colleen aimed to answer with her Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project.

Colleen found a general lack of knowledge about the various charities for the visually impaired that the Harvard Lion's Club supports and decided to raise awareness. She began by adding a new attraction geared specifically to adults to the annual festival – free horse shoe pits. Around the pits, she hung posters highlighting where the money from the festival goes and whom it supports – local and international charities for the visually impaired. All the supplies were donated by members of the Lion’s Club and local farmers.

“I am glad to have reached as many people as I did during the festival. My horseshoe attraction has been officially included in the list of festival activities and I will return in upcoming years to make sure the posters are put up so that the fair attendees will always know what charity they are giving to when they attend the festival.”

With the adults well educated, Colleen turned her attention to students at the Hildreth Elementary School, where she led an educational presentation and invited the students to participate in an eyeglass collection competition.

Colleen is completing her junior year at The Bromfield School in Harvard. She has been a Girl Scout for 12 years, during which time she’s delivered food to homebound seniors and sewn hundreds of pillow cases for cancer patients. She is also very active at school and in her community - she works a counselor at Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp; participates in crew, rugby and rifle shooting; competes on a Life Smarts team; is a member of the National Honor Society; and is stage manager for the Bromfield Drama Society. Colleen plans to pursue a career in Chemical Engineering.