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Girl Scouts teach children about food cycle, earns Gold Award

HOUSTON (Aug. 17, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassadors Nicole C. and Cecilia S. started a vegetable garden for elementary school students to earn their Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Awards, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

girl scouts teach children“We learned basic leadership skills with young children. We also learned that creativity is essential to keeping children interested,” said Cecilia, who will be a senior at Central Heights High School.

“I learned to accept when things go wrong,” says Nicole, who is starting her senior year at Nacogdoches High School. “I learned not to dwell on mistakes and just find the best possible solution and move on.”

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.

“We saw how unaware kids were about where the vegetables they eat come from,” explains Nicole.

For their project, Nicole and Cecilia showed students at Stephen F. Austin Charter School how to plant and tend a vegetable garden. They also held weekly lessons from August until March about plants and the food network.

“Nicole has gained confidence from beginning this project and seeing it through,” says Sandy Collier, Nicole’s mother. “She would not allow me to help and insisted on keeping it her project. She showed incredible perseverance and confidence. I’m incredible proud of her.”

At Nacogdoches High School, Nicole is involved in band, National Honor Society and the freshman mentor program. Following graduation, she plans to attend Austin College to study optometry.

“Cecilia has become a very responsible young lady, said Lydia Smith, Cecilia’s mother. “ She loves to work with young children and loves to see their smiles.”

At Central Heights High School, Cecilia is involved in cheerleading, One Act Play, Business Professionals of America and more. Following graduation, she plans to study education or broadcast journalism in college.

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 76,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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