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Katie Moyer
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Local Girl Scouts Assists Local Church to Earn Girl Scouts Gold Award

ORANGE, Tx (May 21, 2008) – Local Girl Scout Sarah I. created shade at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church to complete all the requirements to receive the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

Hurricanes Rita and Humberto destroyed trees at St. Francis of Assisi, along with the shade needed for outdoor events. Sarah, a senior at Little Cypress Mauriceville High School, came up with a plan to remedy the problem. Along with 15 volunteers, she built a 14 by 14 foot pergola.

“The pergola is situated in an area that has a peaceful view of the gardens and is now where wedding pictures are taken,” said Sarah.

After three months of planning and constructing, Sarah’s project was a success. When construction was completed the church celebrated with a ribbon cutting. Several members of the church and community came out to see the new addition.

“I like the sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing a project of this magnitude,” said Sarah. “It also felt good to improve the lives of community members.”

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. 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 www.gssjc.org.

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