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Woodlands Girl Scout works with Tamina Community Center to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Claire F. held a baby supply drive and a one-day activity event for girls at Tamina Community Center, a nonprofit providing children, parents and the community with access to educational resources and other services, 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 that organization is key and not everything goes the way it was originally planned,” said Claire, a junior this year at The Woodlands High School. “I also developed great leadership skills and a greater sense of self.”

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 wanted my project to have a lasting impact on the community,” said Claire. “After meeting with Shirley Grimes, the director at Tamina Community Center, she emphasized the need for safe, fun after-school activities as well as baby supplies.”

For her project, Claire led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting a one-day activity event for girls including Girl Scout activities, crafts, face and fingernail painting, a health and hygiene seminar and lunch. Claire also collected a diapers, baby food, blankets and more for the Tamina Community Center.

“Claire has demonstrated growth and maturity through planning, organization, prioritizing, time management and leadership of others,” said Sheri F., Claire’s mother. “She feels a huge sense of accomplishment in achieving a goal she set many years ago, and I’m so proud of her achievements.”

Claire has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At The Woodlands High School she is a member of Interact Club, Mu Alpha Theta and tennis. Following graduation in 2014, she plans to attend college to study either business or Spanish.

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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