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Girl Scouting Gives Galveston Students a Reason to Smile after Ike

Volunteers and students at first Galveston school to re-open look to Girl Scout program as way of restoring normalcy after Ike

HOUSTON (Oct. 7, 2008) – Ambassador Preparatory Academy in Galveston, Texas was the first school to re-open on Galveston Island after Hurricane Ike. But amidst the chaos and devastation, there’s a glimmer of hope for its students and school director, Dr. Patricia Williams, who decided to start a Girl Scout troop at the school to help students get over the remnants of Ike.

Monday, Oct. 6 approximately 70 girls donned pink Girl Scout shirts to take the oath to exemplify the Girl Scout Mission and agree to live by the Girl Scout Law. Many of these girls are currently displaced and essentially homeless, so going back to school and joining Girl Scouts was really important to them.

Williams said once school resumed, the first thing the girls asked about was Girl Scouts. “Their little faces lit up with joy. This is exactly what they need because some are without homes, displaced, and unhappy. This will change their lives forever.”

The new troop, with Williams as its leader and teacher Shealamarie Tiangco as co-leader, along with the girls were in awe when a helicopter appeared in the sky to deliver Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee who was a special guest for the induction ceremony.

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. 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 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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