Abigail “Abby” Reasor (pictured on the right) recently earned her Girl Scouts of America Silver Award by developing the first-of-its-kind Holocaust education patch in Virginia. Abby is a member of Troop 793, which is led by her mother, Erin. Abby was assisted by her best friend, Kaitlyn Sorensen (pictured on the left), member of Troop #280 whose mother, Anne, is troop leader for that group. Both troops meet in Mechanicsville. Abby diligently researched and implemented the first Holocaust Education Patch for Girl Scouts in Virginia and worked in conjunction with Megan Ferenczy, director of education at the Virginia Holocaust Museum (VHM) in Richmond, VA, who helped formulate the program. Abby recently introduced her new program to several scouts at the museum. Part of the requirements for the patch, which include choosing between numerous tasks to complete the patch and also includes reading from a variety of books, like “Izzy’s Fire.” Another part of the patch involves a scavenger hunt at the VHM, as well as attending a Kristallnacht service, such as the one held each November in Richmond at the Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Museum to memorialize victims of the Holocaust.
Megan interacted with the scouts, answering questions and guiding them in their quest for information throughout the museum. They also heard from Inge Horowitz, president of Emek Sholom, about the history of Kristallnacht and the memorial service that’s held each November at the site in Richmond located at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
As a former Girl Scout, I am so proud of these young women and thrilled that Girl Scouts are still building good will in their community and around the world. The new program can be accessed by other Girl Scouts in other states via www.comgirlscouts.org. To date, only two states offer patches for Girl Scouts in Holocaust education: Texas and now Virginia. Hearty congratulations to Abby and a big thanks to Kaitlyn for supporting and helping her friend, Kaitlyn has previously earned her Silver Award as well.