Girl Scout celebrates six months of birthday’s to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON (August 6, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Allison W. planned and hosted monthly birthday parties for children at Ronald McDonald House of Houston 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 just how precious health truly is,” says Allison, a senior at Stratford High School this fall. “We expect children to be youthful, vivacious and lively, but many of the children who attended my parties were very sick. It was a shock to see such young kids in such poor health. It made me want to do all I could to put smiles on their faces and help them have a fun time.”
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 was familiar with the Ronald McDonald House because some family friends stayed their a few years ago when their son suffered a critical injury,” explains Allison as to why she chose the project. “When I was brainstorming potential projects, I realized due to stress lots of kids staying at the Ronald McDonald House don’t get a party on their birthday. I wanted to make sure that no child’s birthday went uncelebrated.”
Allison led a group of 14 volunteers in holding monthly birthday parties during a six month period. Each party had a theme and included crafts, games, snacks and activities to match. Allison collected donations to purchase parties supplies and created party kits for future use with the leftover decorations. “I think Allison learned a lot about the amount of coordination and planning required to put on a series of events,” says Mike W., Allison’s father. “She has developed a deeper appreciation of the volunteer efforts undertaken by others in order to produce some of the activities she has been involved in.”
As an active member in Girl Scouts, Allison has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Stratford High School, she participates in choir, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society. She takes dance lessons at Houston Ballet Academy and has taken piano lessons since she was six years old. Allison is also involved with her church’s youth leadership team. Following graduation next May, she plans to attend college to study engineering.
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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