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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout helps the Ronald McDonald House to earn Gold Award

PASADENA, Texas (Dec. 21, 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Diane J. built furniture and collected supplies to donate to the Ronald McDonald House 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 work together with people,” says Diane, a sophomore at Pasadena Memorial High School. “Also when I delivered my project, I learned how appreciative people can be.”

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] to help the residents at “The Ronald McDonald House in Galveston because I knew that it was a charity with a worthy cause for burn and cancer patients,” explains Diane.

For her project, Diane spent three months building a table and chairs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. She also provided toiletry kids, Spanish children’s books for the library, coloring books, crayons family games and clothing.

As a member of Girl Scouts since kindergarten, Diane has also earned her Silver and Bronze Awards and enjoys helping younger Girl Scouts. At Pasadena Memorial High School, she plays basketball on the junior varsity team and achieved perfect attendance, honor roll and academic excellence. Following graduation, she plans to attend San Jacinto College and eventually transfer to University of Houston.

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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