Bellaire Girl Scout creates science enrichment center at local school to earn Gold Award

Bellaire, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Holly R. created a science enrichment center at a local elementary school to better prepare students for standardize testing 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 how to manage my time and work with adults," said Holly, a junior at Bellaire 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 attended Horn [Academy], and I feel a connection to it," said Holly.

For her project, Holly led a team of volunteers in planning and creating a science enrichment center, designed to help students focus on skills that will better their grades on standardized tests. She also helped a teacher relocate her classroom.

"Holly learned to research, coordinate and persevere through changes," said Kim R., Holly’s mother. "She spent many hours researching age-appropriate science-related materials. She learned how to coordinate work times with volunteer and teacher availability."

Holly has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At Bellaire High School she is a member of soccer, National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.

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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