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Local Girl Scout Brightens Children’s Waiting Room To Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award
Most teenagers prefer to spend their spring break swimming in the sun or sliding down the ski slopes, but local Girl Scout Elizabeth O. dedicated herself to revamping a children’s playroom at a Katy area abuse center, while 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.
Elizabeth O. was a volunteer for Katy Christian Ministries, a network of 33 Katy area churches that offers social services. She noticed that the children’s playroom in the Sexual Abuse Center was completely bare. “Hearing about the wonderful work being done for women at the Sexual Abuse Center compelled me to meet with the center’s director and collaborate on a new and improved playroom,” said Elizabeth O.
Elizabeth O., a senior at James E. Taylor High School, recruited more than 30 volunteers from her school’s National Honor Society organization and collected toy donations at her school and Cinco Ranch Church of Christ. The crew worked everyday during spring break to complete a new playroom with an under the sea theme. “I wanted to provide child survivors of abuse with a safe and calm environment,” said Elizabeth O.
Girl Scouts of the USA, (GSUSA) 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.
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