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Porter Girl Scout builds community garden for food bank to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (October, 2013) – Girl Scout Chelesie B. built a community garden at a local elementary school to benefit an area church food bank 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 even the smallest thing can help the people around you,” said Chelesie, a 2013 graduation of New Caney 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 the church really needed fresh food for their food bank,” said Chelesie.

For her project, Chelesie led a team of volunteers in planning, designing and building the garden. She received donations of soil and plants from local businesses and installed the garden in just two days. Produce grown there will be given to a church neighboring the elementary school in order to help feed those visiting the church food bank.

Chelesie was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At New Caney High School she was a member of swimming and band. She is currently attending Lone Star College in Kingwood to study American Sign Language.

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