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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout starts recycling program to earn Gold Award

SUGAR LAND (Jan. 27, 2011) – Girl Scout Senior Hannah B. started a school recycling program 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.

Hannah, a sophomore at George Ranch High School, said she learned how to direct student volunteers, communicate with adults and civic leaders, organize timelines and do research during her project.

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.

“After touring several active recycling places in my broader community and finding out that my entire school district did not recycle cafeteria waste, I concluded that my newly built high school, that opened in 2010, was an opportunity to start recycling in the cafeteria for a lesser trash impact on the earth and encourage teenagers to be more aware of recycling as a part of daily life,” explains Hannah.

For her project, Hannah set up paper, plastic and aluminum recycling bins in her school, marketed the project with homemade flyers, posters and word of mouth and arranged for the transport of the recycled materials to county recycling centers. She also started and heads the ecology club, a branch of student council that manages the recycling program. As a result of her efforts, the program has hundreds of students participate daily and has become a permanent addition to the school’s waste disposal process.

As a member of Girl Scouts, Hannah participates in activities such as planting trees, working at the homeless food bank and providing music to the elderly. At George Ranch High School, she is on the swim team and student council. Following graduation, she hopes to attend college to major in journalism, English 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

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