Bellaire Girl Scout gets students excited about going back to school to earn Gold Award

Bellaire, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Emily K. renovated the teacher's lounge at Resurrection Catholic School, made back-to-school posters and hosted a career day for elementary students 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 time management, organizational skills and that one person can have a big impact," said Emily, a junior at St. Agnes Academy. "The school was so grateful for my help."

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 I worked at the school during my sophomore retreat, and I saw how much they needed help so I decided to dedicate my Gold Award to help them," said Emily.

For her project, Emily led volunteers in several projects to better Resurrection Catholic School. First, she and her volunteers repainted the teacher’s lounge, reorganized shelves and created a parent/teacher conference space to make the space more inviting and relaxing for teachers during their lunch and breaks. The kick off the 2011-2012 school year, Emily designed and made posters and hung them around the school to welcome students back. Finally, she invited several professionals, including a news anchor from ABC 13, to speak at a career day for elementary school students.

"I think Emily learned good organizational skills and learned to work well with a wide variety of volunteers," said Brenda K., Emily’s mother. "She pushed herself to manage her time and really helped make a positive impact at the school, both as a volunteer and as a role model for the students. She felt a real sense of accomplishment and grew in confidence."

Emily has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At St. Agnes Academy she is a member of dance, National Honor Society and Key Club. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study math or 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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.



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