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Spring Girl Scout renovates room at Houston CPS to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON, Texas (September, 2013) – Girl Scout Amanda H. renovated a room at Child Protective Services in Houston 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 one person can make a difference,” said Amanda, a senior at Klein High School. “Through setting a goal and pulling together a team of people, I was able to make an impact on many lives.”
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 a heart for children,” said Amanda. “I wanted them to be able to walk into those rooms and feel important and safe. Even though things may not be going right in their lives, they could come here and feel blessed in their comforting environment.”
For her project, Amanda led a team of volunteers in revitalizing a visitation room at CPS. They repainted the walls, refurbished furniture and other items in the room, replaced broken or worn out books and toys and generally made the room more inviting. The room is used when new families visit with perspective adoptive children.
“[The Gold Award] has taught Amanda to look for ways that she can make positive changes in the world and that it just takes one [person] to get the ball rolling,” said Tammy H., Amanda’s mother. “She is even more confident in what she is capable of.”
Amanda has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and has also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At Klein High School she is a member of National Honor Society and yearbook. Outside of school she is also a member of National Charity League. Following graduation, Amanda hopes to attend the University of Oklahoma to study journalism and business.
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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 62,000 girls 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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