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Katy Girl Scout works with Tuffly Community Center to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (September, 2013) – Girl Scout Marisa W. worked with children ages 6-13 at the Tuffly Community Center in Houston’s Fifth Ward 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 my passion and dedication for community issues is strong enough to take action and lead others to help people in need,” said Marisa, a 2013 graduate of Seven Lakes 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 chose this project because I discovered a facility that needed help, and my main goal before I began this project was to make a noticeable difference in children’s lives,” said Marisa.

For her project, Marisa led a team of volunteers in creating games and projects for children at Tuffly Community Center. She also collected 85 backpacks and stuffed them with school supplies and books for children to be prepared for the new school year.

“Marisa learned the true need of others by involving herself in a community center which services disadvantaged and at-risk youth,” said Karen W., Marisa’s mother. “She also learned she can accomplish a project that can make a difference in other people’s lives. She has become more thoughtful about the needs of others and ways that she can help.”

Marisa was a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years and also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Seven Lakes High School she was a member of National Honor Society, International Thespian Society, golf, Spartans Out Serving (SOS), theatre troop and choir. She is currently attending Texas A&M University to study petroleum engineering.

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