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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout betters local arts center to earn Gold Award

KATY, Texas (Oct. 1, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Tara P. built a pathway for the Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center (KVPAC) 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 how to step up and take charge,” says Tara, a senior at Seven Lakes High School. “I also learned many building skills and got to teach others what I learned.”

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 chose this project because KVPAC has helped the community in so many ways, and I wanted to give something back to them,” explains Tara.

Tara led a group of volunteers in creating a pathway that went between two KVPAC buildings. She also built a railing on one of the building to create a safer space for kids to wait after classes. Rain caused safety concerns in this waiting area.

“Tara learned many things from working on this project, including communicating effectively with a large number of people and perseverance in seeing a huge project come to completion,” says Leslie P., Tara’s mother.

At Seven Lakes High School, Tara is a member of FFA, Spartans Out Serving and is active in her church. Following graduation she hopes to attend college to study psychology or secondary education.

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

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