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Sugar Land Girl Scout hosts session at local vacation bible school to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Lauren H. held a session at a local vacation bible school to teach children the importance of giving back to their community 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 better ways to communicate and persevere,” said Lauren, a senior at Kempner High School. “I also discovered what a positive influence helping others can be on life, which helped me realize how much they admire and respect the people who volunteer their time.”

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 I wanted to help others less fortunate and make an impact in their lives,” said Lauren. “I also wanted to express to [children] that giving back to their community is not impossible and is, in fact, a rewarding experience.”

For her project, Lauren led her team of volunteers in creating and hosting her vacation bible school session. Children completed several service projects, including making cat toys for an animal shelter; making lanterns for hospice patients; making cards for a child with leukemia; creating inspirational bookmarks for child abuse victims; and making baby blankets for the Women’s Pregnancy Center.

“Lauren learned what it is to lead others and to be in charge of a project herself,” said Michele H., Lauren’s mother. “Lauren is organized, creative, positive, passionate, caring and a great leader.”

Lauren has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has also earned her Silver Award. At Kempner High School she is a member of Key Club, choir and National Honor Society. Outside of school she is a member of C2, a Christian youth organization. Following graduation she hopes to attend Texas A&M University to study psychology.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

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 www.gssjc.org.

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