The inspiration for Amy Kahr¹s Gold Project, "Snuggles for Salinas," came during the immersion service program, VENAVER ("Come And See"), when she lived and worked with economically disadvantaged and homeless people at Dorothy's Place in Salinas, California. She wanted to make a small difference in the lives of these people, who have figuratively, (and sometimes, literally) been left out in the cold by the political and social mainstream.In crafting forty hand-made double fleece blankets for her "Snuggles for Salinas" project, Amy demonstrated her commitment to being of service in the true spirit of the "golden rule" and enabled her to fulfill the spirit of the Girl Scout Promise and law: caring, serving, respecting others and making this world a better place as well. Earning the Girls Scout Gold Award on June 14, 2009, the highest award of service and leadership, which is equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle Award, is the fulfillment of a 12 year commitment to service which started as a Daisy Girl Scout. Native Pasadenan, Amy Kahr, is a junior at La Salle High School. A 3rd-year Varsity Soccer midfield/defender who also plays for the Santa Anita Soccer Club, Amy is a member of the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation. Amy thinks globally and acts locally: she participated in the Summer 2008 World Youth Day Celebrations in Australia and hopes to be a force for "greening" our society by pursuing a degree in environmental science. Her journey will begin this summer with Her acceptance in the California State School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) summer program, studying global climate change with distinguished scientists and scholars at UC Davis.
As an advocate for world peace Amy participated in the walk for "Invisible Children" to bring to focus the plight of the children of Africa and is a 3rd year participant in the Komen Race for the Cure and Revlon Cancer Walks.
Amy, who has been active in Girl Scouts for 12 years, is a member of Mount Wilson Vista Council (Troop 924). Amy's fondest memories of Troop 924 are their dedication to Ronald Mc Donald House, making theme dinners and decorations for St Patrick's Day, Easter and Cinco de Mayo for families undergoing cancer treatments, bringing just a little joy to the young children struggling with surviving cancer. Amy is also very proud of leading Troop 924's annual hand-made Christmas cards via Angel Stampers for Soldiers, making more than 1,000 cards for soldiers, stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Amy is grateful to the La Salle faculty and community for memorable years in athletics, academics and the many service opportunities. As part of the La Salle family, she will always remember: "Enter to Learn; Leave to Serve". She is sincerely grateful to her Girl Scout leaders, Mrs. Colletta and Mrs. Knothe, her family and friends for their unwavering support in all of her efforts including "Snuggles for Salinas."