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Biblically Inspired Garden Earns Girl Scout Highest Honor
A garden not only sprouts life from its soil but it also produces oxygen to further perpetuate human life. However, Girl Scout Mallory K.'s garden in front of Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church offers much more.
While completing her community service to earn Girl Scouting's highest honor, the Gold Award, Mallory created a place of peace and beauty, complete with a pathway of Biblically-versed stepping stones. "The children from Timber Ridge helped me decorate the stones with Christian symbols. I designed the garden using plants found in the Bible, like Junipers, Lilies, and a Pomegranate shrub," said Mallory.
Mallory researched her project for two months. With the help of her 10 volunteers, she cultivated the ground and planted her seeds, bulbs and flowers over the period of a month. As a longtime member of Timber Presbyterian Church, Mallory was thrilled to combine her love of gardening with her church through her Girl Scout community service project.
"I learned that I have the ability to balance many things in my life. This process has really improved my time management skills," said Mallory. As an active senior at The Woodlands High School, Mallory plays clarinet in the band and is a member of the German Club. She is looking forward to attending Texas A&M University where she plans to major in Biomedical Science.
It is a significant honor to earn Girl Scouting's highest achievement, the Gold Award. Girl Scouts who earn this award have demonstrated leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete all the requirements for the award. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. A major component of earning the Gold Award is planning and completing a Gold Award Project that is a service to Girl Scouts and/or the community.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as 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 over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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