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Local Girl Scout Brightens up Children’s Playroom to Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award

Some teenagers lounge on the beach for spring break, but Terez Marie D. spent hers painting a mural in the children’s playroom of the Katy Christian Ministries Women’s Abuse Center, in order to complete all the requirements to earn the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.

“I chose Katy Christian Ministries because they have always been there for the community,” said Terez Marie. “I thought it was time for the community to take care of them.”

It is a significant honor to earn the Gold Award. Girl Scouts who earn this award have demonstrated leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete all the requirements for the award. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. A major component of earning the Gold Award is planning and completing a Gold Award Project that is a service to the community.

In preparation, Terez Marie, a senior at James E. Taylor High School, collected cleaning supplies, books and also managed to get a PlayStation donated. She and more than 25 volunteers spent 70 hours painting the mural depicting Noah’s Ark. “This project gave me a new outlook on life,” said Terez Marie. “I no longer sit back and wait for someone else to help out. I now take the initiative to lead.”

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties.

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Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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