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Memorial Girl Scout works with Alternatives in Motion to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Annie P. worked with Alternatives in Motion (AIM) Adoption Agency to create hygiene kits and distribute brochures to birthmothers 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 I could start a project on my own and have it grow to such a big list of volunteers wanting to help out,” said Annie, a junior at Second Baptist School. “I was amazed I could make such a difference in my own community and how shining light on an area of need can have people come together for a common goal.”
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 AIM provides the means to help promote Christian families through their adoption services,” said Annie. “A good family friend of ours adopted two baby girls from AIM, and it has brought them such joy.”
For her project, Annie led her team of volunteers in collecting supplies for hygiene kits of practical items for birthmothers to use after leaving the hospital. The kits also included a “Reflections After Placement” brochure, developed by Annie and her volunteers, to offer encouraging words to these women and let them know they are cared about.
“Annie learned to deal with people outside of her comfort zone,” said Terri P., Annie’s mother. “She reached out to others in order to reach her goal. I have seen her confidence grow because of her willingness to bless others in need.”
Annie has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Second Baptist School she is a member of musical theater. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study nursing.
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.
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