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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout holds events at women’s shelter, earns Gold Award

SUGAR LAND, Texas (June 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Victoria M. held six days of events for children at the Fort Bend County Women’s Shelter 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 plan and organize an event and how to direct children at the event,” says Victoria, a graduate of Dulles 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 wanted to help children in need in Fort Bend County, specifically those in foster care and in shelters,” explains Victoria as to why she chose the project. “I wanted children at the shelter to have fun and forget about the violence they witnessed at home.”

At her events, Victoria led volunteers in playing games with the children, making crafts, enjoying refreshments and more. Her events were held monthly. In addition, Victoria created over 50 care packages for children moving into foster care at Child Protective Services in Fort Bend.

“Victoria learned to get organized and learned how to plan events and carry them out,” says Leslie M., Victoria’s mother. “She learned how to make adjustments when plans go wrong, what to do when volunteers don’t come through and how hard it can be to deal with abused children.”

As a member of Girl Scouting, Victoria earned her Bronze and Silver Awards and served as a Program Aide at Council events. At Dulles, she was a member of FFA where she won numerous awards. This fall Victoria plans to attend Sam Houston State University to study animal science and fashion merchandising.

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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