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Local Girl Scout makes repairs at neighborhood church to earn Gold Award

December 2011

Houston, TX - Girl Scout Shannon S. made repairs to a neighborhood church's day care facility 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 about the impact service can have on a community," said Shannon, a 2012 graduate of Carnegie Vanguard 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 wanted to help the neighborhood and the church needed the help most," said Shannon.

For her project, Shannon led a team of volunteers in cleaning, repairing and refurbishing the church's day care facility. The project took approximately 10 days to complete.

"Shannon learned about perseverance in the face of adversity," said Susan K., Shannon's mother. "The school and church have closed, due to outstanding debts, and Shannon had about eight hours of work left when she found out. It was hard for her to finish those last hours."

Shannon was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Carnegie Vanguard High School she was a member of National Honor Society and English Honor Society. This fall she is attending college to study art history and anthropology.

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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