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Girl Scout brings awareness to sea turtle conservation with sign at Pleasure Pier

HOUSTON (April 25, 2014) – The Galveston Pleasure Pier  is now home to a sea turtle conservation sign which represents hundreds of hours of work and the total dedication of Savannah Lohec, a Girl Scout Ambassador who recently earned the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, for the project. 

“I fell in love with sea turtles a long time ago when we visited the Marathon Turtle Hospital,” said Savannah.  “We went back to the hospital for several more years, and when it was time to choose a Gold Award project, I knew it would be sea turtles.”

Working with Joanie Steinhaus of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project’s Galveston office, Savannah conducted classes at the Galveston Island State Park, gave presentations to area schools, made receptacles for discarded fishing line and created a video that highlighted the importance of sea grass along the Gulf Coast used as nesting areas for sea turtles.

“Savannah raised money for a huge educational sign for Galveston,” said Steinhaus. “We were all thrilled when the Pleasure Pier management agreed to install it where it will be seen by thousands of visitors.”

To receive funding for the sign, Savannah submitted her project to the ABC Summer of Service Awards, an initiative that inspires kids and their families to make a lasting, positive change by helping people, communities and the planet.

“My husband and I are very proud of our daughter,” says Amanda Lohec, Savannah’s mother.  “In addition to receiving the Gold Award, she is an assistant dance teacher, participates in the school choir and theater, plays the harp and performs with her school orchestra at nursing homes and charity events.  She plans to major in pre-med.”

For more information about the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, contact Carole Allen, Gulf Office director, Sea Turtle Restoration Project at

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