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Memorial Girl Scout renovates elementary school’s atrium to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Jennifer B. renovated the atrium at Ashford Elementary 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 new leadership and planning skills,” said Jennifer, a 2012 graduate of Westside High School. “My leadership skills were enhanced as I directed the volunteers to complete the work required, and my planning and organizing skills were improved as I laid out the detailed steps, sequence and timeline for the project. I also improved my communication skills.”

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 I attended Ashford Elementary from kindergarten to second grade and it made me feel good to be able to give back to the school that got me successfully started on my education,” said Jennifer.

For her project, Jennifer led a team of volunteers in clearing out dead plants killed by the drought and planting native Texas plants to make the atrium, a focal point inside the school, more inviting for students and teachers. She also added a turtle pond which created a new learning environment for science classes. More than 600 students will enjoy the space and benefit from her project.

“Jennifer learned about project planning and gained valuable leadership experience,” said Lois B., Jennifer’s mother. “She organized, planned and led the project from start to finish, and she feels a strong sense of pride in what she has accomplished.”

Jennifer was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Westside High School she was a member of National Honor Society and Young Life. This fall she is attending the University of Texas at Austin to study petroleum engineering.

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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