Bay Area Girl Scout Honors Veterans With Project Gold Award

Student honors vets with memorial benches

A high school girl’s Girl Scout project shows her appreciation for veterans.

TAMPA, Florida. Plant High School senior Kathleen Roset pursued her gold medal project with a simple idea, to create a memorial bench for veterans, but while researching how to make the project happen, she discovered the veteran community of a way she had never known before.

“I wanted to do something that would honor patriots and veterans,” she recalls. “I wanted to build a bench to show my appreciation…Since there is more than one military branch, I had to make one for each.”

The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Her project required a commitment of time, resources and went out of her way to lobby for a location for the benches to be permanently posted.

Roset also got his hands dirty, working with an engineer on the plans, cutting the boards for construction, and assembling the benches by hand.

“It was a lot of work,” she admitted. “It took several months of working with different parks trying to find a place, but eventually we found the legion, and it was great because it’s right on the water.”

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Roset also got his hands dirty, working with an engineer on the plans, cutting the boards for construction, and assembling the benches by hand.

“It took a long time, but I started working with power tools,” she said with a smile.

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The $20,000 prototype was funded by the Majeed Foundation and offers spectacular waterfront seating in a city that has made sitting famous.

She hand painted each bench herself and was there in person on Veterans Day when the benches were presented to veterans at American Legion Station 138 in Tampa.

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State Senator-elect Jay Collins, a veteran present at the unveiling, had this to say about Roset: “Kathleen is an exceptional young woman who is going to do amazing things.”

The benches were featured during Veterans Day at American Legion Station 138 in Tampa.

“I can tell you what moves me the most is that I’ve been honored to serve our country,” Collins said. “To see a young person who understands this and sacrifices their time and dedicates themselves to passing on these values ​​to our community to support those who have sacrificed is such a blessing.”

Roset explained the lesson she learned through the project.

The benches are located at American Legion Post 138, just off West Shore Boulevard, overlooking the water.

“They (veterans) do so much for everyone behind the scenes all the time, and so just appreciating them all the time is really important because they’re always there for us and we should always be there for them.”

To see the pews in person, they’re stationed at American Legion Station 138, just off West Shore Boulevard, overlooking the water.

Click here to support Roset’s cause and donate to his Gold Award project.

. Bay Area Girl Scout pays tribute to veterans fighters with project Gold Award

. Bay Area Girl Scout Honors Veterans Project Gold Award