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Local Girl Scout Work to Improve their Community to Earn Girl Scouts Award
WOODLANDS, Texas (May 21, 2008) – Three students from The Woodlands College Park High School - Kristin D., Kayla G. and Zipporah R. - assisted the young and the elderly 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.
Kristin D., along with 10, volunteers partnered with The Community Clinic of The Woodlands, a non-profit healthcare facility that provides free dental and medical services to the underprivileged and uninsured. Her project improved both the inside of the facility and the grounds. She wanted to create a place for children to go while they wait to receive treatment. Kristin and her team built a bookshelf for donated books and videos for children of all ages.
The work on the grounds included building three flowerbeds with different flowers and plants. “I wanted to help The Community Clinic because while I was volunteering at the local hospital one of the doctors, who volunteers here, told me that the clinic had a terrible need,” she said.
Kayla G. also wanted to help children in the community. She became aware of The Tamina Community Center and their need for donations and volunteers through articles in the local newspaper. The center’s mission is to improve the quality of life for residents in the community through multiple outreach programs, including before- and after-school childcare. The organization receives governmental funding for lunch and dinner, but not for breakfast.
Kayla, and 14 volunteers, supplied and prepared a hot breakfast for more than 40 children for three weeks. They served everything from eggs to pancakes and always made sure to have fresh fruit. “By supplying breakfast their money could be used to cover other expenses,” she said.
Zipporah R. decided to bring the young and the elderly together as part of her Gold Award project. She wanted to share her passion for music with the residents of The Forum of the Woodlands, Edenbook and The Woodlands Healthcare Center. She recruited 15 talented musicians from two local middle schools who visited each facility and played holiday classics, and encouraged more than 100 participating residents to sing along.
“I like working with younger kids,” she said. “And they helped me realize my dreams of becoming a music teacher.”
Zipporah, who rehearsed with her orchestra three hours a week for more than two months, hopes to make music her career one day.
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