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Cypress Girl Scout organizes Mission of Yahweh’s Back-to-School drive to earn Gold Award

December 2011


Houston, TX - Girl Scout Emily H. organized the Mission of Yahweh's annual Back-to-School school supplies drive 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 organizing both tangible and intangible objects, whether they are school supplies and backpacks or organizing events, takes much patience, time and a bit of organizational skills," said Emily, a senior at Cypress Woods High School this fall.

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 not only do I love to organize, but I love children and seeing their smiling faces as they skipped away with their brand new backpack," said Emily. "It brought me joy that I had never felt before."

For her project, Emily led a team of volunteers in collecting school supplies items and backpacks for Mission of Yahweh. After collecting items, school supplies were sorted and stuffed into the backpacks and then distributed to children at Mission of Yahweh. Emily collected nearly 600 sets of school supplies for the organization. She followed-up the school supplies distribution with a craft day for children at Mission of Yahweh where they decorated bookmarks to use during the upcoming school year.

"Emily learned the values of leadership and team work," said Scott H., Emily's father. "She also realized her innate ability to organize a project and see it through to completion. She has been exhibiting more leadership qualities at school, and she has matured and shown how she is preparing herself for a bright future."

Emily has been a member of Girl Scouts for nine years and also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Cypress Woods High School she is a member of orchestra, Science Olympiad, Model United Nations and debate. Following graduation she hopes to attend college to study biomedical engineering.

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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