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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout organizes recycling club, earn Gold Award

KATY, Texas (June 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Amy S. created a recycling club at Morton Ranch High 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 the main reason people do not recycle is because they don’t know what or how to recycle,” says Amy, a graduate of Morton Ranch High School. “I hope to continue educating and inspiring people to recycle.”

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 my mom has always made me recycle,” explains Amy. “As I grew up, I learned how crucial it is to take care of an Earth that has given us so much.”

To complete the project, Amy recruited 30 members for her club. At meetings, the group distributed recycling bins around the school and emptied them on a weekly basis. The club made fliers to promote recycling throughout the school. In addition, Amy raised recycling awareness with youth at her local YMCA where she made crafts with the children using recycled materials.

“Amy learned commitment, leadership, organization and patience,” says Anita D., Amy’s mother. “She has found ways to improve on recycling and took on full responsibility to make sure it ran smoothly.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Amy also earned the Silver Award. At Morton Ranch, she was a member of National Honor Society and Good Sportsmanship League. This fall she plans to attend the University of Texas to study business and environmental science.

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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