Girl Scout helps save the environment, earns Gold Award
HOUSTON (March 29, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Brandi W. held an environment awareness day at her 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 it is important to develop a network of people to support a large project,” says Brandi, a senior at Lutheran South Academy. “It is key to lay out your ideas to the people that will help you and make sure they are committed.”
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 I noticed my school wastes a large amount of paper and plastic,” explains Brandi. “I wanted to raise awareness within the school and try to make a difference by implementing a recycling program.”
Brandi led nearly 30 volunteers in implementing a paper and plastic recycling program at Lutheran South Academy. The awareness day took place in conjunction with the school’s book day. “I have seen Brandi develop better organizational skills and problem solving abilities,” says Lisa W., Brandi’s mother. “This project required her to get adult support. At times it was challenging for her to get that support, but her persistence paid off.”
As an active member of Girl Scouts, Brandi has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Lutheran South Academy, she is a member of yearbook, cross country and track. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study medicine.
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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