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Richmond Girl Scout revitalizes landscaping at local elementary to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Patti F. worked to revitalize the landscaping of a local elementary school 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 it takes a lot of people to execute a big project,” said Patti, a junior at Foster High School. “I also learned just because you have an idea, you can’t rush into it until you do all the ‘homework’.”

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 it needed to be done!” said Patti. “I wanted to give the students and neighbors a place to be proud of. I wanted to do something that will have an impact 10 years from now. It will be so cool to drive by 15 years from now and say, ‘I planted that!’”

For her project, Patti led a team of volunteers in first collecting donations from area nurseries, neighbors, teachers and students. Once supplies were collected, Patti and her team held a planting day at the elementary school and followed up for six weeks with watering their plants. The school now has crepe myrtles and oak trees thriving across the front yard.

“Patti learned that a lot of hard work goes into any worthwhile project,” said Danette F., Patti’s mother. “It gave her a greater confidence since she led the whole planting project from donations and planting to watering and thank you notes.”

Patti has been a member of Girl Scouts for seven years and has also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At Foster High School she is a member of marching band, basketball, Foster Friends, Foster Book Club, Life Chain and PowerSET. She is also active in the Sacred Heart Youth Group and spends her free time volunteering for the Houston SPCA, Wildlife Center of Texas and Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Following graduation, Patti hopes to attend Texas A&M at Galveston to study marine biology.

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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