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Houston Girl Scout increases awareness of Purple Martin birds to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Elise F. informed the community about the destruction of Purple Martin's homes 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 importance of money and time management skills,” said Elisa, a 2012 graduate of Stratford 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 grew up loving to go to the Houston Audobon Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary,” said Elise. “When I heard they were trying to collect enough money to provide a sufficient birdhouse for the local Purple Martin's I jumped onto this awesome project.”

For her project, Elise led a team of twenty-five volunteers in collecting $265 to buy, build, and install a 12 compartment Purple Martin birdhouse at the Houston Audobon Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary. She also created and distributed a brochure informing people of the impact deforestation has on the diminishing Purple Martin population.

“This project has helped Elise gain confidence dealing with adults,” said Cheryl F., Elise's mother. “It has enhanced her leadership qualities with her peers.”

Elise was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. She was on the Girl Planning Board for Girl Scouts and planned campouts. At the University of Arkansas, she competes with the Ultimate Frisbee team and studies sports management.

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

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