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Richmond Girl Scout creates children's corner at local high school to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (January 2012) - Girl Scout Marissa B. designed and created a children's corner at George Bush High School 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 time management skills," said Marissa, a 2011 graduate of George Bush High School. "For this project, everything had a deadline. If I did not finish by the deadline, I risked not completing my project."

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 the Parent Center was in need of a space for children to be entertained while parents visited the center," Said Marissa.

For her project, Marissa led a team of volunteers in creating a space where children could read, play games, work on craft projects and more. She collected many of the items donated to the school and designed what the space would look like.

"I saw my daughter as a hard worker wanting to help children who need things," said Dermitra B., Marissa's mother. "She campaigned hard to get the volunteers that were needed and to achieve all the things she accomplished. She made me proud."

Marissa was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and served as a Girl Scout representative on the board of directors. At George Bush High School she was a member of the dance team and student council. She is currently attending Prairie View A&M University to study English.

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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