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Pearland Girl Scout installs planters for school’s culinary program to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON, Texas (September, 2013) – Girl Scout Josephine B. built and installed planter boxes to be used by her school’s culinary program for growing herbs 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 a lot about leadership and what skills are needed to be able to instruct volunteers,” said Josephine, a senior at Dawson High School. “I also learned a lot about community and how to talk to potential donors and influential people.”
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 feel strongly about providing the option of local foods to people who might not be exposed to it otherwise,” said Josephine. “I also feel strongly about educating people about local foods and their nutritional benefits.”
For her project, Josephine led a team of volunteers in planning, constructing and installing planters at her school. She then planted a variety of peppers, herbs and tomatoes for students to grow and use in their cooking at school.
“I was impressed by Josephine’s courage in approaching her principal and potential donors to get the permission and materials for the garden,” said Carolyn B., Josephine’s mother. “She was persistent in organizing volunteers to help build the garden and care for it after it was planted.”
Josephine has been a member of Girl Scouts for three years. At Dawson High School she is a member of choir and theater. Following graduation in 2014 she plans to attend college to study neuroscience.
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