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Amber Childres

Girl Scout Remodels Library at Pregnancy Center, Earns Gold Award

HOUSTON, Texas (May 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Michelle H. organized the library at the Pregnancy Help Center in Katy to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than 5 percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“Through my community service project, I learned to never give up, especially when things aren’t going the way you originally planned,” says Michelle, a senior at Seven Lakes High School. “I also learned the importance of developing a detailed timeline in order to accomplish your goals on time.”

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.

As part of her project, which she titled “Knowledge of H.O.P.E.”, Michelle and a group of 25 volunteers collected and catalogued books, computerized the inventory and built a computer desk. She also collected baby supplies and $399 in donations that went toward building supplies.

“Michelle learned about responsibility by working on her Gold Award” says Shirley, Michelle’s mother. “My daughter is much more confident and independent now that she has completed the project, and I know that it will be a foundation for her future successes in life.”

An active member of Girl Scouts, Michelle has also achieved her Silver and Bronze Awards for community service. She plays varsity soccer and golf at Seven Lakes High School, and also serves as a D.A.R.E. role model. After graduation, Michelle plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in Computer Technology.

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 65,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit