My hat off to Ms. Bhavana Thelakkat, a Community Middle School 8th grader representing Girl Scout Troop 70051. While reading about her bluebird project and conservation efforts, I felt encouraged by young people like Bhavana showing concern and respect for other species.

It’s easy to be indifferent or solve a problem driven by the bottom line, witnessed all too often.

Ms. Thelakkat made the effort, reached out to others and used her intelligence to preserve their existence in the wild as a remedy to the man-made changes responsible for reducing their natural nesting spots, and infringing on their right to exist in the world.

This is huge, applaudable, a fine example for adults and a well deserved silver award! You made me smile.

— Deborah Rizzo-Wittlin, West Windsor