Local Girl Scout renovates church playground to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Erin Peterson renovated the preschool playground at her church 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 for the unexpected and how to interface with adults more effectively," said Erin, a senior at Cypress Ridge 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 chose this project because I wanted to do something that would benefit the little kids," said Erin. "I also wanted to do something that I could come back and look at when I get older."

For her project, Erin led her team of volunteers in cleaning up the playground, adding sidewalks for bike riding, re-staining play structures, painting an outdoor mural and more. The project was completed during six workdays where 30 volunteers helped Erin realize her vision for the playground.

"Erin has learned a valuable lesson in time management," said Donna Peterson, Erin’s mother. "She has also become somewhat of a list maker, checking everything off on a daily basis. She is becoming a very responsible young lady, and I am so proud of her."

Erin has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Cypress Ridge High School she is a member of drill team, National Honor Society, Senior Women and PALS. Following graduation 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 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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