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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout raises awareness of child abuse to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Sept. 30, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Emilie G. held a donation drive for workshop to raise awareness of child abuse 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 a small deed can have a huge impact on one or several people’s lives,” says Emilie, a senior at Kingwood High School. “I also learned if I put my mind to something, I can achieve anything.”

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 but also get the community involved in something that is a big issue in our world,” explains Emilie as to why she chose the project.

Emilie started by holding a community-wide drive to collect gently-loved stuffed animals that were donated to abused children. She had donation sites at schools, libraries, churches and local businesses and in all collected 2,200 stuffed animals. She also led 12 volunteers in three workshops for teenage girls on recognizing the signs of abuse and how to prevent it.

“Emilie handled every aspect of her project, which amazed me,” says mother Renee G. “I had no idea of her commitment to the project, her belief in bringing awareness of abuse to the public or her ability to organize a community-wide drive and workshops.”

At Kingwood High School, Emilie is a member of band, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and BETA. Following graduation she plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin to study geology.

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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