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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout betters local church to earn Gold Award

SANTA FE, Texas (March 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Kelsey C. painted several murals and redecorated classrooms at Aldersgate United Methodist Church 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 you should allot yourself more time and money than you think you need,” says Kelsey, a graduate of Santa Fe High 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 am very involved at Aldersgate,” explains Kelsey as to why she chose the project. “The church had recently designated a larger area to be part of the children’s church, and I wanted to make it more appealing for all the organizations that use it.”

Kelsey painted three murals: Noah’s Ark in the nursery, an angel choir in the children’s choir room and a Biblical village in the fellowship hall. Using monies earned from cookie sales, Kelsey purchased new curtains and floor rugs for the children’s classrooms. She also collected and assembled classroom supplies for Sunday school teachers. The project culminated with an open house attended by more than 60 people.

“Kelsey learned that by conducting yourself in a professional and knowledgeable manner, people will take noticing, allowing you to accomplish tasks more easily,” says Angela C., Kelsey’s mother.

As a Girl Scout, Kelsey also earned her Bronze Award. At Santa Fe High School, she was a member of PALs, National Honor Society and color guard. She is currently attending Lamar University studying speech and communication disorders.

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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