Bellaire Girl Scout betters elementary library to earn Gold Award

Bellaire, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Claire L. built bookshelves for her local public elementary school 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 to exercise my planning skills as well as my leadership and communication skills," said Claire, a junior at St. Agnes Academy. "I have learned that I have the power to change things that I see in my neighborhood and that I can improve my community. I also learned that with the help of others, we can make a difference."

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 enjoy doing hands-on work such as building," said Claire. "I also like helping children, and I wanted to help improve the education at my local elementary school."

For her project, Claire led volunteers in building bookshelves for the library. She made a master plan for the shelves, led her volunteers in building them over six days and then spent three days moving the bookshelves into the school library and reorganizing mathematics and language arts materials.

"Claire learned how to plan and supervise a leadership project," said Marla L., Clarie’s mother. "She learned to troubleshoot problems and adjust her plans accordingly. Since completing her Gold Award, Claire seems more aware of the needs of her community and how she can make a difference."

Claire has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At St. Agnes Academy she is a member of the varsity volleyball, soccer and softball teams. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study engineering or medicine.

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

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