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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout Hosts ‘Carnival for Cans,’ earns Gold Award

ALIEF, Texas (Oct. 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Christina Schwedler collected over 500 pounds of food for Mission Bells Food Pantry by holding a carnival to earn 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.

“The project taught me what it means to be a leader,” says Christina, a senior at Hastings High School. “I learned persistence. Many times the project became overwhelming, but I prevailed and realized there are bigger problems than those I encountered.”

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 more than 100 service hours and 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.

“I chose this project because the economy was plummeting, and the need for food was at its highest,” explains Christina.

At the carnival, Christina collected non-perishable food items as the entry fee. In addition to over 500 pounds of food donated, Christina also received and donated over $500 to Mission Bells Food Pantry.

“Christina has learned the value of good organization and planning skills,” says Peter Schwedler, Christina’s father. “She realizes the significance of what her project accomplished and the impact it had on her life, her friends and our community.”

At Hastings High School, Christina participates in the district’s dance company, varsity chorus and National Honor Society. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study music education.

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