Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, Vice Chairman Bette Jane Kowalski and Freeholder Alexander Mirabella present a resolution to Audrey Davis of Fanwood Girl Scout Heart of New Jersey Troop 40274 congratulating her on attaining her Gold Award, the highest award in girl scouting. They were joined by Manuel Ramirez and Nicole DeAugustine from the Union County Office for Persons with Disabilities & Special Needs.
Audrey’s Gold Award project established the AWARE (Active Walking and Respite Exercise) Club, a social and recreational club for teens and young adults with special needs. The AWARE Club took place every other Saturday at different Union County parks. This project provided respite for parents, while their children participated in the bi-weekly activities. Not only was AWARE an opportunity for participants to exercise, but also a valuable form of inclusive socialization for the participants and the volunteers, and many being their peers. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)