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Katy Girl Scout creates mobile garden at local elementary school to earn Gold Award

December 2011

Houston, TX - Girl Scout Taylor N. designed and built a mobile garden to be used by an elementary school life skills class 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 the struggles of leading and the joys of giving back to my community," said Taylor, a 2012 graduate of Katy 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 love to work with special needs children," said Taylor. "I know the importance of it as my mom is in special education. It was also a chance for me to give back to my elementary school."

For her project, Taylor led a team of volunteers in planning and building the garden. Life skills students then used the space to learn how to plant and care for a garden from planting seeds to putting the produce on the table. Taylor also created a notebook with pictures of the vegetables and herbs students would grow in the garden and simple recipes using these items.

"Taylor learned a lot of leadership skills and how hard it is to find good, dependable help in a timely manner," said Cindy N., Taylor's mother. "She also discovered how rewarding helping others can be when she saw the student's faces and heard the excitement in the teacher's voice when talking about all they were going to do with the garden."

Taylor was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Katy High School she was a member of National Honor Society and was an athletic trainer for four years. This fall she is attending Texas A&M University and plans to major in either business or biology.

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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