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Girl Scout works with SIRE Equestrian Center to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Meredith G. taught disabled children and adults how to ride horses at SIRE, an equestrian center dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through therapeutic horseback riding and related activities, 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 how to be a better leader,” said Meredith, a 2012 graduate of Lamar High School.

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 like horses and wanted to involve that in my project,” said Meredith.

For her project, Meredith volunteered 80 hours at SIRE teaching disabled children and adults how to ride horses. She also created a brochure for the organization and created alphabet cards for the horse riding arena.

“It was natural for Meredith to do her project at SIRE because of her love of horses and horsemanship skills,” said Janice G., Meredith’s mother.

Meredith was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Lamar High School she was a member of varsity water polo and swimming and won numerous awards in both sports. This fall she is attending Texas A&M University 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 www.gssjc.org.

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