Plum teen dancing her way to Girl Scout Gold Award
Carly Izydore admired her deceased grandmother's values.
“She listened to Christian music and read the Bible every night,” said Izydore, 16, of Plum.
“I wanted to be just like her.”
Madeline Kunz, 64, of Munhall died in 2011.
Izydore has found a way to keep her grandmother's memory alive in a project she is working on to earn a Girl Scout Gold Award that is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
Izydore, a member of Girl Scout Troop 5074, is organizing a senior citizen-oriented Christian dance class — “Dancing With Christ” — for participants at the Plum Senior Community Center.
There is no charge for the classes.
Izydore is composing four dances that she will teach to participants during the eight-week program scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday from July 25 through Sept. 12.
She also plans a recital at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 14.
The dances, with a Christian theme, will include arm and leg movements that can be performed in sitting or standing positions.
“Some people can't stand,” Izydore said.
“So they can be in a chair doing the arm movements.”
Izydore, who this fall will be a senior at Plum High School, has been involved in scouting for 12 years.
“My mom asked me if I wanted to be in Girl Scouts, and I thought it was a dance party,” Izydore said.
A sense of accomplishment and enjoyment have kept Izydore in the program.
Dance — particularly tap — is Izydore's other passion.
She began taking classes as a youngster, and was a feature dancer in “Seussical,” the Plum High School musical this spring.
She also is a member of the cross-country team, student government, Future Educators Association and the National Honor Society.
Izydore aspires to be a teacher.
Kay D'Incau, Izydore's troop leader, lauded the scout's initiative and called her “amazing.”
“Carly is dedicated to whatever she is working on,” D'Incau said.
“She is the ultimate in scouting — an effervescent bubble.”
Izydore wants the program to serve many purposes.
“I just hope people can understand they can become closer to God in ways other than prayers — using their interests,” Izydore said.
“Ultimately, I want to make people happier — especially senior citizens.”
More information on the program can be obtained by calling Izydore at 724-980-0159.
Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or email@example.com.
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