by: Mike Petchenik Updated:
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. - Plans for a war memorial dedicated to women in Johns Creek are getting a boost thanks to a dedicated middle school student with a lofty goal.
When Sabrina Yvellez learned the Johns Creek Veteran’s Association was raising money for a Memorial Walk at Newtown Park, the Taylor Road Middle Girl Scout decided she wanted to help raise money for the endeavor.
“Many of my family members were in the military, including my dad, who was in the Marines,” Yvellez told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik. “I wanted to do it for women because I feel they exemplified the Girl Scout motto of courage, confidence and character.”
Yvellez told Petchenik she began attending city events, selling baked goods and coloring books, and after a year, she had raised $13,000, enough to erect the monument.
“It’s a thank you to our heroes who help us stay safe at night,” she said.
Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker admits he was skeptical of Yvellez’s plans.
“She set this as a goal, and she achieved this goal and you can’t be anything but proud of a young lady who accomplishes such a big goal,” said Bodker. “If this young lady can accomplish $13,000 and accomplish this, just imagine what we can do if we put our minds to it.”
Johns Creek Veteran’s Association President Wayne Kidd told Petchenik the organization still needs to raise about $100,000 to complete the project, which sits on four acres inside of Newtown Park off Old Alabama Road.
“We’re gonna make it a park within a park,” he said. “Our biggest problem is I don’t have nine more Sabrinas.”
Kidd said organizers are hopeful to have the memorial open to the public by Veteran’s Day.
“If we get the attention of the public and the businesses small and large within this city, we’ll have the money.”