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Amber Childres

Girl Scout cleans up Lamar High School to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 13, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Carrie C. installed sanitary seat covers in women’s restrooms at Lamar High School 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 learned that establishing a personal need or desire can also benefit others,” says Carrie, a senior at Lamar High School. “I also learned other people will appreciate your efforts, especially when you think of and help others.”

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.

“At such an overcrowded high school, I felt the need to clean up the restrooms so they would be more sanitary and clean,” explains Carrie as so why she chose the project. “It was a way to take care of a basic need within my very own community.”

Over a period on one month, Carrie installed dispensers for sanitary seat covers in all the women’s bathrooms. She had help from eight volunteers throughout the project.

“I see a sense of accomplishment in Carrie,” says her mother. “She learned that patience and perseverance on her part resulted in a completed project.”

At Lamar High School, Carrie is a member of lacrosse, soccer and National Honor Society. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study dentistry.

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