McKenzie Lohmer's service project, 'Fun for Everyone,' strikes gold

CANASERAGA — A Canaseraga Girl Scout has achieved the gold standard of scouting, and in doing so has guaranteed that her school’s playground will be more inclusive.

McKenzie Lohmer, a tenth-grader at Canaseraga Central School, recently completed a service project for the Girl Scouts Gold Award. Lohmer, a member of Canaseraga Troop 40036, raised money for a playground swing that can accommodate special needs children. The larger swing provides added support and safety belts, creating a secure ride. The swing was installed at the Canaseraga school playground on Tuesday.

The swing fit the theme of Lohmer’s service project which was “Fun for Everyone.” According to Tina Whitesell, the scout's mother, Lohmer worked for months raising money and awareness.

“She set up a booth at the Arkport Summerfest, the Canaseraga farmers market, and made a presentation at the Garwoods church to share statistics and the reason behind her project,” Whitesell said, adding that the teen “was honored to help. Her message comes from the heart.”

"She had many steps to complete the actual criteria for the gold award and the project was one of them," Whitesell added.

Earning the Gold Award puts Lohmer in elite company. Fewer than 6 percent of Girl Scouts earn the award each year, according to the Girl Scouts organization. The award recognizes “girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable Take Action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities and beyond.”

Canaseraga school superintendent Chad Grof thanked McKenzie for her “service to our school and the community.”