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Spring Girl Scout establishes program at St. Luke's Hospital to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (February 2012) - Girl Scout Sarah M. established the Hugs, Hearts and Hats program at St. Luke's Hospital at The Vintage 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 a lot about time management, planning and leadership," said Sarah, a 2012 graduate of Klein High School. "Having people come to me with questions about the project and getting to call the shots was a new experience for me. I learned how to carry myself as a leader, how important careful planning is and how to properly management my time."

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 both of my parents are cancer survivors, and my father has recently undergone frequent treatment at St. Luke's," said Sarah. "I wanted to do something to make patients feel more comfortable and loved during an otherwise cold and distant hospital stay."

For her project, Sarah led a team of volunteers in making heart-shaped pillows, palm-sized stress hearts and hats for newborns that were donated to St. Luke's. Each item benefitted a specific group of patients and in an effort to keep the program going, Sarah created and donated instruction packets for future volunteers. She was able to donate 100 pillows, 50 stress hearts and 25 baby hats to the hospital.

"Sarah learned and enhanced several skills while working on her Gold Award," said Patricia M., Sarah's mother. "As she planned the steps of the project and used her natural creativity, her leadership and organizational skills were strengthened. This has given her confidence in herself and as a leader."

Sarah was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Klein High School she was president of French National Honor Society and vice president of French Club. Outside school, she studied ballet and trained at the Bolshoi Academy of Ballet in Moscow during the summer of 2011. This fall she is attending the University of Utah to study ballet.

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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