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Local Girl Scouts Improve Elementary Schools To Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award

Local Girl Scouts Samantha W. and Molly H. both spent the summer making a difference at Spring Branch ISD elementary schools, completing all the requirements to receive the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.

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.

Samantha W. attended Frost Elementary and fondly remembers the science labs and projects in the butterfly garden, which made choosing a Gold Award project easy. She, and more than 20 volunteers, collected and purchased plants for the carefully designed garden at Valley Oaks Elementary School. The children in the Pre-K class helped with planting as they learned about the different plants. Samantha W. also created a science guide that highlights different species of insects that may be attracted by the specific plants.

“Because I love art, I wanted to include an art project,” said Samantha W. “So I made an artsy ceramic bench.” Students made thumb imprints in each ceramic tile and then turned them into their favorite insect.

Samantha W., a junior at Memorial High School, spent all summer designing and planting more than 50 plants in the garden.

Three miles away at Memorial Drive Elementary School, Molly H. was working on educational science games to prepare students for the science portion of the TAKS Test. She used her computer skills to create a ‘Jeopardy’ style game that offered points for correct answers. “I wanted to not only teach young kids scientific facts, but also to show them that science can be fun,” said Molly H.

Molly H., a senior at Memorial High School, delivered her games to the fifth graders in the fall. “I hope that these games made the test preparation a little more enjoyable,” said Molly H.

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 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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