Students Helping Students

Rancho Peñasquitos Girl Scouts are doing their part to make the community a better place. Troop 3134 recently completed their Bronze Award project helping low-income students in Poway Unified School District (PUSD). “As my troop discussed possible problems our project could address, we learned that there are about 380 students facing serious housing problems in our own school district,” explained troop member Kendall Ratcliff, a sixth grader at Mesa Verde Middle School. Troop 3134 worked with the PUSD Youth in Transition program as they formulated their project.


The girls organized a school supply drive, a food drive, and a third donations drive for essentials like shampoo, socks, and gift cards. They received a $500 grant from the Rancho Peñasquitos Town Council, and also used their Girl Scout Cookie sale proceeds towards the drive, which benefited more than 380 students throughout the district.

“We’re working hard to make sure that our community’s underprivileged K-12 students receive the supplies they need and deserve, and so far, we’ve made great progress,” Kendall shared. “It is very important to the girls in our troop to provide community service to Rancho Peñasquitos, and we are thankful for all the help our community has given us to help achieve this.”

Troop 3134 includes Ava Muylle, Eleanor Sieck, Jenna Knott, Kendall Ratcliff, Madison Hayslip, Maren Zimmer, Meghan Sasher, Sophia Hellenkamp, Sophia Laska, Sophia Santiago, and Sophie Varsane.