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Local Girl Scout hosts animal cruelty awareness workshop to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Alexandria W. hosted an animal cruelty awareness workshop in her community for elementary school students 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 being organized is a major part of the project and having a dependable team working with you is the greatest,” said Alexandria, a senior at Carnegie Vanguard High School. “Being a good communicator as well as a good listener and accepting suggestions is very important to being a good leader and organizer also.”
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 am very passionate about the treatment of animals,” said Alexandria. “I wanted to inform others and spread the word about the horrible ways animals are treated to bring animal cruelty to an end.”
For her project, Alexandria led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting her workshop for elementary school students. Topics included the rights of animals, proper treatment of animals, how to treat and care for new pets and the importance of spaying or neutering pets. More than 20 students and their parents attended Alexandria’s workshop.
“Alexandria learned that planning and good organizational skills are a must in working on any project,” said Sheridan W., Alexandria’s father. “She has become accepting of suggestions and constructed criticisms from others. Mostly, she has learned that delegating doesn’t mean you are the ‘boss’ but that you are part of a team, and that team work is better than working alone.”
Alexandria has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years and participates in the Council’s equitation program, SPURS. At Carnegie Vanguard High School, she is a member of tennis and Prayer Club. Outside school, she participates in community service projects at Westbury United Methodist Church as well as sings in the church choir and is a member of the church youth group. Following graduation, Alexandria plans to attend the New Mexico Military Institute, then transfer to Texas A&M University to study medicine in large animals.
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.
About the Gold AwardThe 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.
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