SCHERTZ — Assembling activity bags to help ease children’s anxieties during visits to a local emergency center earned Girl Scout Madison Wright her Gold Award.
The recent graduate of Randolph High School garnered the highest commendation for Girl Scouts after compiling and distributing more than 100 kits to the Schertz Cibolo Emergency Clinic through Trinkets for Tykes.
“I’m happy I did it,” Wright said. “Toddlers for the most part, elementary school kids, they just don’t have the coping skills yet; they haven’t developed that. Everything is just to calm them down.”
The Troop 2120 member said the project and award will remain high points in her life. The Schertz troop is led by Teresa Fahlsing.
“It’s a privilege. You put the work in and it’s rewarding,” Wright said. “It’s a level of respect and admiration and it feels cool.”
Stacy Husted, director of marketing at the emergency facility, said staffers distributed every bag over four months. The clinic is at 4825 FM 3009, Suite 200.
“It’s a wonderful distraction for the smaller kids, with the unknown and the fear of coming to the (clinic) for whatever reason,” she said.
Wright’s task included researching what items reduced emotional stress for her target group — youngsters from grade schools. Her mother, a former Air Force ER nurse who still works in the field, provided guidance.
Each kit contained a pocket-sized coloring book, a pack of crayons, sticker pages, mini stress balls and slap bracelets.
“She did her homework getting things that were stimulating for feel, touch and the whole thing. She really put thought in. She didn’t just throw stuff in there,” Husted said.
From July to November 2019, Wright worked on her project for 96 hours, despite several other endeavors requiring her attention — college admission tests, university applications and extracurricular activities, including varsity tennis, tutoring and her church functions at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Chapel.
“She did a very good job,” Husted said.
The church’s middle school group, led by Theresa Gould, got involved. Not only did the ministry help with funding, but also its youth members assisted in filling the bags.
Kits took a day to assemble; Wright followed up with a presentation, which included a slide show.
“I think for most of them this was the first type of community service act that they’ve done. I think they liked it and they had fun,” the Scout said.
Girl Scouts, faith and service have always been instrumental to Wright. Her parents served in the Army, Air Force and Air Force Reserve. Born in Japan, she’s also lived stateside in Mississippi, South Carolina and Oklahoma towns.
“The one thing every city has is a church and Girl Scouts, so I would always try to go there,” she said.
Wright plans to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio this fall and major in biology with a minor in chemistry.
Like her mother, she wants to be a nurse. Wright hopes to join ROTC and receive an Air Force commission after obtaining a degree.
She wishes other Girl Scouts would continue aiding area children, including making more kits.
“If I could carry her bags year-round, I would absolutely do it,” Husted said.
Those interested in helping can call the clinic at 210-202-1123 or visit schertzhealth.com.
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