Hometown Hero creates educational program for kids, earning her top Girl Scout award

Hometown Heroes

LIBERTY, Ohio (WYTV) – This week’s Hometown Hero is a sophomore at Liberty High School. She’s been in Girl Scouts since kindergarten, working her way through the ranks to earn the group’s highest ranking.

For 11 years, Laura O’Neill has been spending her spare time being a Girl Scout.

“To have fun, you get to do something out of school, go to summer camp,” she said.

The program also teaches life lessons, like how to work hard to achieve your goals.

“Gold Award is the highest ranking you can get in Girl Scouts,” she said. “It takes a lot of time, it took me about a year to finish it.”

O’Neill had to put in about 80 hours on her service project. Principal Akesha Joseph can attest to O’Neill’s hard work.

“To take a lot of time and to work on for this extended amount of time just shows a lot of great character and dedication. We are very, very proud of Laura,” Joseph said.

O’Neill partnered with the Girard Historical Society to create a program for kids.

“They can go around the museum for a scavenger hunt, they get to do calligraphy, like, old-time games. They get to do all this fun stuff,” O’Neill said.

Creating an interactive way for kids to learn history.

“I’m happy that any youth can learn about their local history because they don’t get to learn that much about it sometimes,” O’Neill said.

Kids can experience the tour by calling the Girard Historical Society at 330-545-4899.

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