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Woodlands Girl Scout donates craft, jewelry kits to teens at Memorial Hermann Hospital to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Haley S. created and donated more than 1,000 craft and jewelry kits to hospitalized teens at Memorial Hermann Hospital 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 organize people and materials in an orderly fashion,” said Haley, a junior at The Woodlands High School. “I have learned to appreciate being healthy and that sometimes small things can change someone’s day.”

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 many times organizations will make or do things geared for younger children,” said Haley. “After visiting with the staff at the hospital, I found out it was actually the female teens who got bored and were usually an overlooked group.”

For her project, Haley led her team of volunteers in collecting supplies and creating craft and jewelry kits for teenage girls at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Her intent was to give the girls activities and provide distraction from their illness or injury. Haley was able to donate more than 1,000 kits to the hospital at the conclusion of her project.

“Haley definitely improved her leadership skills,” said Jan S., Haley’s mother. “By dealing with so many different personalities, she learned to be more diplomatic and how to resolve conflicts. Haley also learned how to be more efficient with her time and how to budget and maximize her finances.”

Haley has been a member of Girl Scouts for eight years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At The Woodlands High School she is a member of National Science Honor Society, Best Buddies and HOSA. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study medicine.

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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