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Hockley Girl Scout creates young adult library for NAM to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Lauren D. collected more than 200 young adult novels to donate to Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) 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 plan ahead, cooperate with others and how to lead,” said Lauren, a senior at Concordia Lutheran 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.

“I chose this project because I love to read and write, and I know many children that come from less fortunate circumstances don’t have access to books,” said Lauren. “I wanted to share literature with them.”

For her project, Lauren led her team of volunteers in collecting young adult novels. They then combined their donations with NAM’s current library and cataloged all the books. Books were then divided into age groups. Lauren and her volunteers also repainted library shelves. In total, 220 books were donated to NAM’s young adult library.

“Lauren learned that while she may have planned well, things did not always work out exactly as she may have through,” said Ronda D., Lauren’s mother. “She has always been organized, but I think she learned that setting deadlines is also important and that communication when working with others is paramount.”

Lauren has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Concordia Lutheran High School she is a member of cross country, band, National Honor Society and student council. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study either political science or journalism.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

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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