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Spring Girl Scout renovates room at Houston CPS to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON, Texas (July, 2013) – Girl Scout Francesca G. worked with Be A Resource to Kids, also known as BEAR, to renovate a room at the downtown Houston Child Protective services 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 about teamwork,” said Francesca, a senior at Providence Classical School. “Two of my troop members also renovated rooms, and scheduling times to be down there, driving and meeting with the interior decorator all had to be planned out.”
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 have been volunteering with BEAR for a few years and realized they have no funds to do anything extra, and I wanted to help the kids,” said Francesca. “I wanted to make a difference in a family. My room was on the adoption floor, so it may be the first or last time a child sees their family.”
For her project, Francesca led a team of volunteers in renovating one room at Houston CPS in downtown. This including cleaning the room top to bottom, painting walls in a calming color, cleaning toys and more. She also held a toy drive to update the toy collection and discard of old, damaged toys.
“I saw Francesca mature over the course of her project when it seemed endless and hard,” said Patrice G., Francesca’s mother. “I saw her reach out to someone in need that she did not know and give it all her heart and passion.”
Francesca has been a member of Girl Scouts for nine years and has also earned her Silver Award. At Providence Classical School she is a member of track and cross-country. Outside of school she is a member of National Charity League and has also worked as a camp counselor at Triumph Sports. Following graduation in 2014, she hopes to attend Texas A&M University to study either communications, business or education.
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