Bellaire Girl Scout beautifies local health center to earn Gold Award

Bellaire, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Caroline H. renovated the playground at Legacy Community Health Center 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 about time management and to be flexible," said Caroline, a junior at Bellaire High School. "I discovered how to take action to make the world a better place."

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 have volunteered at this clinic for the last 10 years," said Caroline. "I have witnessed the unique programs that exist to help put patients on the road to better health and well-being. I wanted to give back to this clinic because they've taught me that giving is more important than receiving."

For her project, Caroline led a team of volunteers in resurfacing the playground area and adding multi-color rubber mulch. Her 20 volunteers helped her complete the project in just two days after months of organizing projects and donations.

"Caroline learned that it takes a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication to earn a Gold Award," said Terry H., Caroline's mother. "She was born to be a leader. She understands and desires to give back to her community."

Caroline has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and also earned her Bronze Award. At Bellaire High School she is a member of cheerleading and National Honor Society. She is also a member of National Charity League. Following graduation she hopes to attend Texas A&M University to study 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 www.gssjc.org.

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