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Jersey Village Girl Scout builds obstacle course for Special Cheers to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (October, 2013) – Girl Scout Haley R. built a sandbox obstacle course for children at Special Cheers, a nonprofit that provides pediatric occupational therapy to children, 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.

“This project taught me the value of serving others,” said Haley, a junior at Jersey Village High School. “It has made me appreciate all that I have and has allowed me to give back to the community. I have learned skills, including how to operate tools and how to be a better leader.”

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 Special Cheers expressed a need for it, and I wanted to help their cause in any way that I could,” said Haley.

For her project, Haley led a team of volunteers in planning, designing and constructing the sandbox and obstacle course. The sandbox included two wooden ramps, a tire to be used as a bridge or tunnel and a wooden bench that doubles as storage for sandbox toys.

“When the project first started, it was clear Haley was developing lifelong skills of leadership and determination,” said Denise R., Haley’s mother. “She did an outstanding job building a team to help successfully complete her project. She also shined as a project manager who maintained a positive attitude throughout the project.”

Haley has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years and has also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At Jersey Village High School she is a member of band and Key Club. Outside of school, she is involved in the music ministry at her church. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study engineering.

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