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Katie Moyer
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Local Girl Scout Revamps Playground to Earn Girl Scouts Gold Award

SPRING VALLEY, Tx (May 21, 2008) – Local Girl Scout Jillian G. improved the playground at Valley Oaks Elementary School in hopes of creating fond memories for its students, while completing all the requirements to receive the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

Jillian, a junior at Westchester Academy of International Studies, attended Valley Oaks Elementary as a child and remembers playing on the playground. “I wanted the students to make the same memories that I have now,” she said.

Jillian noticed that not many repairs were being done and learned it was due to lack of funding. She focused her efforts on one building with termite and water damage. Along with 10 volunteers, Jillian spent three months repairing and repainting the building. In addition, her group built a butterfly garden to provide a memorable and educational experience for visitors.

“I’m so happy that the school will now have an outdoor classroom and an area for students to enjoy,” she said.

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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