annie-keller-picture“As you earn one of Girl Scouting’s highest awards, you’ll change your corner of the world​—and maybe even beyond. The possibilities are endless.” This statement from the Girl Scouts of the USA handbook speaks of their prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award.

Through her years of involvement in Girl Scouts, Plymouth High School sophomore Annie Keller has always had the goal of earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. This is the highest achievement the Girl Scouts can award.

Annie knew she wanted to give back to her community and her peers at PHS. She looked at what programs already exist to help PHS students and discovered that there was a gap that needed to be filled. After researching various programs, Annie realized that personal hygiene items are not covered by Food Stamps and only limited amounts of personal hygiene items are available at local food banks. With these facts, Annie’s passion to help others came alive. Annie decided to create the Personal Hygiene Supply (P.H.S.) Closet.

PHS nurse, Krysta Magee, said, “We have many students who may not have basic items such as a hair brush, deodorant, toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, and other personal hygiene items at home, but are too embarrassed to ask for help. Anne’s creation of the PHS Closet has made it easy for students to get whatever they may need quickly and quietly. My hope is that it will continue to grow.”

‘When asked about her vision on the impact for Plymouth High School, Annie said, “I choose this project because I wanted to help my peers by providing basic personal care items to students in need.” Annie went on to say, “my hope is that students will use the P.H.S. Closet to help gain self esteem, self confidence, and acceptance. It may even help a student to get a job.”

Annie’s vision has already made such an impact to numerous Plymouth High School students. The origin of the following quote is unknown, but the message is powerful, “Helping a person will not necessarily change the world. But it will change the world for that person.” What an amazing gift Annie has brought to make our world a better place.

If you are interested in helping Annie’s project “P.H.S. Closet” through an organization or individually, please contact Plymouth High School at 574-936-2178 and we will get you in contact with Annie Keller.