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Houston Girl Scout collects school supplies to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Gretchen K. organized a school supply drive 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 wastefulness is everywhere, but we can always help stop it,” said Gretchen, a 2014 graduate of James E. Taylor High School. “I learned that our trash really is someone else's treasure. I also learned to delegate and be a more effective 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 it had always been a source of confusion to me as to why so many people throw away supplies just because it is the end of the year,” said Gretchen. “I also love recycling and helping the less fortunate.”

For her project, Gretchen led a team of volunteers in partnering with Student Council and Nation Honor Society to run a school supply drive. She then organized and refurbished the supplies to make them useful, and donated them to Blockshear Elementary School.

“Gretchen learned that the statement one man's trash is another man's treasure really is true,” said Sharon K., Gretchen's mother. “There is a lot of life left in school supplies many throw away. Gretchen also learned to make a plan and follow through, and that sometimes you have to keep trying in order to succeed.”

Gretchen was a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At James E. Taylor High School she was a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Student Council, and received the Excellence Award for Choir. She plans to attend college following graduation to study 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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