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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout organizes marching band to earn Gold Award

FORT BEND, Texas (Nov. 13, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Lauren M. designed and implemented an organizational system for Kempner High School’s marching band and orchestra’s uniforms to earn 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.

“I strengthened my leadership skills and ability to prioritize tasks,” says Lauren, a recent graduate of Kempner High School.

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 more than 100 service hours and 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.

“I loved being in band, it’s like my family,” explains Lauren as to why she chose the project. “I wanted to do something positive to move the whole program forward.”

Lauren’s organizational system ensures the 270 new uniforms purchased for band and orchestra are checked in and out efficiently and are easy to find in storage.

“Since this was a huge undertaking with over 2,250 separate uniform pieces being organized, I’d say Lauren’s time management and vision for completing the project were the areas in which she learned the most,” says Jackie M., Lauren’s mother.

At Kempner High School, Lauren was a member of band and orchestra. She was also named a UIL scholar and received several music awards. She is currently attending the University of Houston studying architecture.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.