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Sugar Land Girl Scout works with local food pantry to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Kristen B. led a team of volunteer in creating vegetable potting packages for a local food pantry 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 organizational and leadership skills,” said Kristen, junior at Stephen F. Austin High School. 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. “For my Silver Award, [my troop and I] worked with the local food pantry, and I learned there is a shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables in the food pantry,” said Kristen. “My hope is that my project will help encourage individuals and families to grow some of their own fresh vegetables.” For her project, Kristen led her volunteers in collecting pots, soil and seeds to create the potting packages. They also collected recipes and Kristen created a recipe book to include with each package so families would have access to easy ideas for cooking with their fresh produce. “Kristen learned to work with and lead volunteers that included adults,” said Nanette B., Kristen’s mother. Kristen has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Stephen F. Austin High School she is a member of soccer. Following graduation in 2014, Kristen hopes to attend Texas A&M University.

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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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