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Jersey Village Girl Scout assists with bible school decorations to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Amy P. took over the sets and decorations of Foundry Methodist Church's Vacation Bible 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.

“This project taught me not to underestimate, or overestimate, your time,” said Amy, a 2015 graduate of Jersey Village High School. “Lots of things can happen in a short amount of time, but not if you procrastinate. Volunteers can also make a huge difference, and I have to give special credit to my friends who consistently supported my project.”

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 had been helping out with, and going to, Vacation Bible School for several years,” said Amy. “This year, no one was volunteering to lead all the background set up. I had been looking for a Gold Award project and had previously made cheap and easy sets through school, so I was happy to help out.”

For her project, Amy led a team of volunteers in making interesting but affordable alternative decorations for this years Vacation Bible School. She constructed a large yellow plane, two smaller planes, and hot air balloons using PVC pipes, foam board, cardboard, and other inexpensive supplies. Over six hundred people attended Vacation Bible School (VBS) week.

“Amy learned the importance of planning and scheduling,” said Cherri P., Amy's mother. “There was no pushing back a deadline with this project. Her communication and leadership skills were very important to the project. Explaining her vision for the sets and directing volunteers of all ages so they felt valued were critical. She also really impressed the VBS leadership team with her creativity. We are very proud of her.”

Amy was a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years. At Jersey Village High School she was a member of Key Club and Book Club, is first chair of the Concert Band, and won first place at the regional Destination Imagination competition this year. Amy plans to attend college following graduation to study mechanical engineering.

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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