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Oct, 2020

International Day of the Girl - Matea Vernon

PORTLAND, Ore. --- On December 19, 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl (Child), to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. Today, we wanted to recognize a player in our Academy who we believed embodies the spirit of what this day stands for. 

Matea Vernon is a goalkeeper/field player on our 07 team and has been a Girl Scout for over eight years. Recently, her troop handmade, found donations and purchased masks and created the Mask Tree outside of the Cornelius Library. This tree has offered free masks for the past three months. Her troop continues to supply the tree and so far has collected/made/purchased over 1000 masks to give to the community. Matea is in the process of completing her Silver Award.
Last year, Matea spent every Thursday after school volunteering with her troop at the Oregon Food Bank which ran out of Neil Armstrong Middle School. She helped set up, organized food, and ran tables for over 2 hours to help distribute food boxes for an average 60 families each week. She also packed up extra boxes and we delivered them to players on the local High School Soccer Team that needed support. (Matea was even delivering Meals on Wheels when she was 3 & 4 years old!)

In 2018 her troop finished their Bronze Project. They collected over $1500 worth of supplies for the local Women's Shelter in Forest Grove Oregon.  Here they reached out to the local businesses, wrote letters for donations, raised money to purchase all the necessities the shelter needed.

Other activities:

December 2016 & 2015 & 2014 & 2013: Participated in activities with the Assisted Living Center, including playing instruments, talking to the people, and singing songs to the residents.

February 2016/2017: Ran stations at the World Thinking Day event, including teaching Girl Scouts about germs and the spread of germs (using different colors of glitter and shaking hands to show how easy it was to spread germs and how hard it is to get germs off your hands) She also ran a station teaching girls how to build spaghetti houses with engineering for girls in STEM.

March 2015: Friends of Trees - Matea and her troop helped plant over 3,000 trees and bushes at the Fernhill Wetlands.

March 2014: Made over 500 dog cookies for the Bonnie Hay Animal Shelter.

September 2013: Hills Cemetery Clean Up - Matea and her troop restored and cleaned up the Hills Cemetery in Gaston.

2018-2019 - Student Greeter for Tom McCall Elementary. Matea helped new students feel welcome by showing them around the school and introduce them to new friends. She also helped when 4th grade students came to visit our school, making them feel welcome and comfortable in their future school.

We are so proud that Matea is one of our players at BCSA and we're so inspired by work that she does outside of school and sport!

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