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West U Girl Scout hosts parties for Star of Hope children to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (October, 2013) – Girl Scout Hannah P. hosted a series of parties for children at the Star of Hope 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 developed leadership skills like learning to lead things in an orderly manner and communication skills,” said Hannah, a 2013 graduate of Episcopal 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 hoped to give the kids [at Star of Hope] a time where they could be stress-free and enjoy themselves,” said Hannah. “I hoped my project provided those kids with long-lasting memories and a chance to learn something new.”

For her project, Hannah led her team of volunteers in planning and hosting three parties for children at Star of Hope. The first party was a royal tea party where kids made crafts and enjoyed an afternoon tea. The second party was a royal birthday for preschoolers. The children made dirt cup snacks, play games and received a goodie bag at the end of the party. The final party was a movie night for the after-school program. Approximately 90 children total attended the parties.

Hannah learned to be flexible and patient as things changed several times,” said Carol P., Hannah’s mother. “She was very persistent, and I think many girls would have given up if they were faced with some of the obstacles that were presented to her.”

Hannah was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At Episcopal High School she was a member of dance, lacrosse and soccer. Outside of school she was a member of National Charity League. She is currently attending Southern Methodist University to study business.

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