Girl Scout donates unclaimed lost and found items to area charities to earn Gold AwardGirl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, Logo

HOUSTON (November, 2011) – Girl Scout Alexandra P. collected unclaimed lost and found items at area schools, then donated the items to local charities to earn Girl Scouts of the USA's Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.

Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition. "I learned that even a contribution that will not completely change the lives of children can give them hope to continue trying to succeed," said Alexandra, a senior at Cypress Lakes 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 knew that the schools and the people receiving the contributions could use the help I provided," said Alexandra. For her project, Alexandra led a team of volunteers in cleaning out school's lost and found collections and donating unclaimed items to organizations such as Star of Hope, Covenant House of Texas and St. Joseph's House.

The project was completed over a three week period. "Alexandra has learned about leadership, and she has been a good role model for her friends and family," said Cecilia P., Alexandra's mother." She has also learned about commitment and perseverance with the Girl Scouts." Alexandra has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Cypress Lakes High School she is a member of Science National Honor Society, Math National Honor Society, band, water polo and French Club. Following graduation she plans 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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