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Community Service at St. Luke's Pediatric Ward Earns Local Girl Scouts the Prestigious Gold Award
Echoes of giggles can still be heard down the halls of the Pediatric Ward of St. Luke's Hospital as patients and doctors alike reflect on the themed activities, arts, crafts and games that Senior Girl Scouts Amy K. and Stephanie R. recently coordinated, thereby earning Girl Scouting's highest honor, the Gold Award.
Amy and Stephanie merged their resources and determination to provide activities for the hospital's Pediatric Ward. "I would bring the children themed crafts to help them keep their minds off of their condition," said Stephanie. "The activities also helped their family members who were there visiting to stay uplifted and positive, too."
Usually community service projects involve help from a "group" of people for the entire project. However, due to the hospital's restrictions, the Girl Scouts were limited to receiving help from friends and family away from the hospital to prepare the arts and crafts and games.
While visiting the hospital over a six-month time period, Amy noticed a need for books and bookshelves. "I collected more than 40 books for the hospital," said Amy. "I also obtained an unfinished bookcase and stained it to match the pre-existing wood in the surgery waiting room."
This Gold Award project has been a tremendous learning endeavor for these Girl Scouts. "I learned to take full responsibility for my project, the importance of planning and how to solve problems," said Stephanie. "I also learned that being a leader is very challenging and that communication is a key player in keeping everything in order."
Amy and Stephanie's perseverance earned them Girl Scouting's highest achievement, 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 Girl Scouts and/or the community.
Amy and Stephanie are looking forward to college. Amy plans to attend Texas A & M University and major in physics while Stephanie has a concrete interest in Biochemistry but is still considering her options for which college she'll attend.
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