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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout works with Habitat for Horses, earns Gold Award

HOUSTON (Feb. 16, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Elizabeth C. cleared and enclosed a pasture for Habitat for Horses, a local equine rescue group, 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 a lot about organizing and carrying out a project,” says Elizabeth, a senior at the Kinkaid School.

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 have volunteered at Habitat for Horses and really appreciate the work they do to rescue and rehabilitate horses,” explains Elizabeth.

During the project, Elizabeth led volunteers in clearing underbrush and downed trees from the hospital barn’s pasture. She also removed an old, dangerous barbed wire fence and replaced it with a wooden fence safer for horses. The project spanned over six weeks with a total of 450 volunteer hours worked.

“Elizabeth has such a passion for horses, especially those in need,” says Sheri W., Elizabeth’s mother. “She did a terrific job carrying out this project despite poison ivy, heat and ferocious mosquitoes. She persevered and got her project finished.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Elizabeth is active in the Council’s horse program, SPURS. She has also worked as a program aide at resident camp. At the Kinkaid School, Elizabeth is a member of field hockey and has earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Award every year since 7th grade. Outside of school, she rides and trains horses. Following graduation, Elizabeth plans to attend college to become a veterinarian.

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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