Megan Babbino, 15, recalled fond memories of her time at The Children's Center at UCP of Suffolk.
"They helped make me the person I am today," the Girl Scout Gold Award candidate said. "They have done so much for me and I wanted to do something for them."
As her Gold Award project, Babbino raised $5,700 for the school during a fundraiser she held at Del Fuego Restaurant in St. James in June. The money will be used to purchase a butterfly memorial plaque that will display the names of students that have passed on as well as other educational services.
Sherri Glazer, Principal and Director of Educational Services of The Children's Center at UCP of Suffolk, said that she was very impressed with Babbino."I think that what she did was phenomenal," Glazer said. "It was a large project that was extremely successful and she was energetic and enthusiastic during it all."
The fundraiser included silent auctions, face paintings, a pie eating contest, live music and an all you can eat and drink special. More than 100 people attended the event.
On a recent day, Babbino visited The Children's Center at UCP of Suffolk with her mother, Joanne and her sister, Emma. "She went to preschool here and we loved it," Joanne Babbino said. "She had PT, OT and everything. She would walk down the halls and everyone called her "The Mayor.""
Babbino is now going into her junior year at Hauppauge High School. She said that she could not have pulled off her project without the help of family and friends and that she got something out of it too.
"This whole thing was an amazing to do," she said. "It was a lot of work, but it was fulfilling and well worth it. Doing a project like this teaches you life skills and it makes you a better person."