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Pearland Girl Scout creates “Free Art” program for community to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON, Texas (August, 2013) – Girl Scout Macie M. created a project called “Free Art” where she and volunteers placed art pieces around her community and encourages those who found them to add to the work 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 a large group of people, delegate tasks, manage my time and use media to my advantage,” said Macie, a 2013 graduate of Pearland High School. “As a result of this project, I discovered that I am a very capable leader and have innovative ideas.”
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 wanted to address the lack of art appreciation in my community,” said Macie. “I wanted to open the eyes of the people in Pearland to the positive impact art could have on their lives.”
For her project, Macie led a team of volunteers in creating and placing works of art all around Pearland. When a resident came across the art, they were encouraged to take a photo and share it on the project’s Facebook page. They were also encouraged to add their own art to the work in order to encourage expression and creativity.
“Macie is an all-around wonderful person, and I could not be more proud of everything she has accomplished,” said Lisa M., Macie’s mother.
Macie was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Pearland High School she was a member of National Honor Society, HOSA, drill team and art club. She is currently attending Stephen F. Austin State University to study biology.
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