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Girl Scout teaches sewing to abuse victims to earn Gold Award

NACOGDOCHES (March 21, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Breier G. taught abuse victims at the Sheep Fold Texas shelter how to sew to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I learned how to teach and be a leader,” says Breier, a junior at Texas Tech University Independent School District. “I also learned about other people’s lives and living situations. I learned just how strong these women are who have endured abuse and even being homeless. After all of this, they are still more than willing to keep trying to improve their lives in the best way possible, no matter how hard it is.”

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 really felt this would be great for women who needed a way to escape problems they have had in their lives at least for a moment,” explains Breier. “I also felt this would be a great skill to allow them to make accessories or clothing in a cheap efficient way.”

For her project, Breier held three four-hour sewing workshops. During the workshops, she taught the women basic sewing skills, how to sew on buttons, how to use a sewing machine, how to use a pattern and how to make purses and fabric flowers. She also recruited volunteers to watch the women’s children during the classes and provided the women free fabric she collected from the French Knot Quilt shop.

“Planning and implementing her Gold Award project gave Breier a real world opportunity to brainstorm, plan and see a project of her own design through to fruition,” says Rachel Galan, Breier’s mother. “Completion of this project has added another piece to Breier’s growing confidence in her ability to succeed at college and on her own.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts since she was a Brownie, Breier has been a leader of Troop #9052 and a group of Juliettes since 1999. Following graduation, she plans to attend Savannah College of Art and Design to study fashion design and equestrian science with the goal of eventually designing equestrian apparel.

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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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