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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout dresses up physical therapy to earn Gold Award

THE WOODLANDS (Oct. 1, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Sarah M. created a costume closet for children in physical therapy at Conroe Regional Medical Center 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 many sewing skills, but I also learned what was required to me to succeed at getting things done,” says Sarah, a 2010 graduate of College Park High School. “It allowed me to become more of a leader by requiring me to contact people to assist me.”

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 the therapists at Conroe Regional Medical Center requested it,” explains Sarah. “It helps them work with the children who need therapy.”

Sarah interviewed the hospital staff to find out what costume requirements would be to practice skills in physical therapy. She then led volunteers in creating costumes with ties, zippers and buttons. In all, she donated 22 costumes to Conroe Regional Medical Center.

“Sarah learned the difficulty in requesting help but also the importance of gaining assistance with large projects,” says Pamela M., Sarah’s mother.

At College Park High School, Sarah was a member of choir. Outside school she took dance classes. She is currently attending Baylor University to study speech pathology.

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.

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