Spring Girl Scout renovates nursery at Hosanna Lutheran Church to earn Gold Award

Spring, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Claire T. renovated the nursery at Hosanna Lutheran Church 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 a lot of renovating skills, such as painting, sanding, using power tools, how to put in flooring and how to take care of all the tools needed," said Claire, a junior at Klein Collins High School. "I also learned that if I divide a large task into smaller parts, I can get a lot done without getting over-stressed."

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 saw a need at my church for a safe, new nursery for the children," said Claire.

For her project, Claire led her team of volunteers in painting two rooms, constructing cabinets, replacing flooring and more to renovate Hosanna Lutheran Church's nursery. She also collected gently used toys and books that were donated to the church for the nursery. The project took approximately 11 days to complete.

"Claire has always been a good leader, but this experience made her even better," said Maria T., Claire's mother. "She is even more determined to get things done and is making long-term goals and plans. This project gave her the confidence to do anything. She is now more sure of herself and her abilities."

Claire has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Klein Collins High School she is a member of choir and Spanish National Honor Society. Following graduation she hopes to attend the University of North Texas to study psychology, with plans to attend Rice University for graduate school.

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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