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Cypress Girl Scout works with dialysis patients to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Angela D. collected donations for dialysis patients and hosted an educational workshop for children of dialysis patients 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 myself and others,” said Angela, a senior at Cy-Fair High School. “I realized that I had a responsibility towards others. I was also able to strengthen my leadership and communication skills and learned that team support is important to make a project successful.”
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.
“I chose this project because kidney disease is very prevalent and has become an epidemic in developing countries,” said Angela. “My goal was to help out dialysis patients by providing them with basic medicinal supplies and a workshop for their children.”
For her project, Angela led her team of volunteers in collecting medicinal supplies such as B-complex vitamins and calcium tablets for kidney patients. She and her volunteers also hosted a workshop for children of kidney patients where they stressed the importance of staying in school and developing a love for learning. Angela collected medicinal supplies for 70 kidney patients and 40 children attended her workshop.
“This project helped Angela in developing her leadership and communication skills,” said Swati D., Angela’s mother. “She is a more confident person now, understands team dynamics and the role it plays and, most importantly, that helping others is a privilege and very valuable.”
Angela has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Cy-Fair High School she is a member of orchestra, tennis, Key Club and National Honor Society. She also volunteers at Methodist Hospital. Following graduation she hopes to attend college to study medicine.
About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto CouncilGirl 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 www.gssjc.org.
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