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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout entertains hospital patients to earn Gold Award

BAYTOWN, Texas (June 6, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Kaitlin P. provided fun and entertainment to families at Ronald McDonald House, a temporary home for families of children seeking long-term medical treatment, 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 that life is too short to wait for something,” says Kaitlin, a junior at Barbers Hill High School. “If you want something or are determined to achieve a goal, go for it. The small things are what matter the most.”

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.

“Whenever I saw the Ronald McDonald House, I was fascinated,” explains Kaitlin. “I knew this was the right project.”

For her project, Kaitlin and her volunteers visited families and children at Ronald McDonald House every Saturday for eight month. To make the families feel more at home, she prepared home-cooked meals, provided recreational games, play with the children and donated house-hold items to the facility.

“Kaitlin has always been a hard worker,” says Mark and Cindy Patterson, Kaitlin’s parents. “She realized that we are lucky to be healthy and that accidents can scar you, but you’re still a human being. Most patients at Galveston RMH are burn victims. They just want to be treated normal.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Kaitlin has earned her Silver and Bronze Awards. At Barbers Hill High School, Kaitlin, a straight-A student, is involved in the National Honor Society, band, yearbook and Spanish Club. Following graduation, she plans to attend University of Houston or Texas A&M.

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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