Scotch Plains Teen Earns Award For Helping Children Who Have Lost Loved Ones

 Caitlin Carroll (Photo courtesy of Mount Saint Mary Academy)

Caitlin Carroll (Photo courtesy of Mount Saint Mary Academy)

WATCHUNG – Mount Saint Mary Academy senior Caitlin Carroll of Scotch Plains will be honored by the Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey with the prestigious Gold Award for her work helping children to cope with the traumatic loss of a loved one. Carroll worked with Imagine, a nonprofit group in Westfield which provides a safe environment for young children and families to help foster resiliency and emotional well-being while confronting grief.

As part of her work with the organization, Carroll built and decorated a bookcase and donated a mobile “art cart” fully stocked with donations from the community. She ensured that the cart was mobile so the items were accessible for children and their families to use throughout the Imagine facility. Both the books and art supplies offer an opportunity for those affected by loss to help express their emotions meaningfully and productively.

Carroll, a member of Troop 40902 in Scotch Plains since 2000, will receive her award during a special ceremony on June 9. She will attend Middlebury College in the fall.

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