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Memorial Girl Scout beautifies free clinic to earn Gold Award

December 2011

Houston, TX - Girl Scout Claire P. worked to beautify Casa El Buen Samaritano, a free clinic that provides healthcare to low-income and uninsured families in southwest Houston, 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 I am able to spark community involvement by spreading the word and not being afraid to ask for volunteers or for people in give their time and get involved," said Claire, a 2012 graduate of St. Agnes Academy.

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 my goal was to focus on an area that often got ignored and was in desperate need of help and improvement," said Claire.

For her project, Claire led a team of volunteers in beautifying the Casa El Buen Samaritano property. She spent time researching the best plants and drafting a plan of where everything would be planted. Volunteers helped her plant new bushes and flowers around the clinic building and helped install stepping stones so patients could walk through the landscaped area and enjoy it. 

"Claire was able to identify a need, work with administrative staff and knowledgeable resource experts to formulate and execute a viable design plan," said Frank P., Claire's father.

Claire was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At St. Agnes Academy she was a member of golf, yearbook, Key Club and was a Student Ambassador. She was also very active in her church’s youth group. This fall she is attending college to study elementary education and child development and hopes to pursue a master’s in education administration.

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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