Par High Junior Helps Flood-Affected Neighbors

Our Whiz Kid's Girl Scout project benefits families right in her own back yard.

Whiz Kid’s Name:   Leah Diaz

Whiz Kid’s Grade:   11th

Whiz Kid’s School:  Parsippany High School

Whiz Kid’s Key to Awesomeness:   Donating school supplies to local kids in need

All summer long, Leah Diaz worked on her Girl Scout Gold Award project. Her idea was to start a campaign to collect school supplies for needy  elementary school children in Morris County. And she went forward, gathering donations from supporters throughout the community. By summer's end, she had over 50 backpacks stuffed with an assortment of items, including notebooks, folders, paper, pencils, crayons and pencil cases--all earmarked for a Morristown mission to distribute to students throughout the county. 

But then, Hurricane Irene hit Parsippany. Massive flooding left many families in Leah’s Lake Hiawatha community with heavily damaged or completely destroyed homes.  Some families lost everything they had.

Seeing the destruction and suffering in her own neighborhood made Leah reconsider her summer project. After some serious thought, she decided the items she'd collected were needed to help local families who had lost so much in the storm.

Leah reached out to Rockaway Meadow Elementary School and Central Middle School.   Although her original target audience had been elementary school students, she knew several middle schoolers who needed supplies as well.  With the help of each school’s PTA president and school nurse, 25 backpacks were delivered to Central Middle School and 30 backpacks were distributed to students at Rockaway Meadow School just in time for the start of the school year.

Rochelle S. Herman September 30, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Great job, Leah!
Tammy Vasquez September 30, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Leah - My family and I would like to sincerely thank you for your thoughtfulness. My son was one of the receipients of a backpack from RMS. We are so appreciative of all the support we have received and continue to receive from the community. I am truly proud to be a resident of Parsippany and can't wait to get back into my home and neighborhood.
Mary Ellen Lloyd September 30, 2011 at 07:47 PM
Leah we are so proud of you. You did an amazing thing for Parsippany/Lake Hiawatha and all the people that you helped with the backpacks!! You are such a wonderful young lady and you have such a big heart and I am so blessed to have you in our lives. You are such a great role model to all children!!


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