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Amber Childres

Girl Scout holds event for elderly to earn Gold Award

KATY, Texas (Nov. 12, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Shannon A. held a Christmas Bazaar at the Manda Ann Convalescent Home 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.

“I learned that being a hard worker is not enough when working with others,” says Shannon, a senior at James E. Taylor High School. “You need to plan and review to stay organized.”

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 to increase the social stimulation of the residents at Manda Ann,” explains Shannon.

In addition to holding her holiday event, she also created a year-round gift shop where residents could spend money created and distributed by Shannon and her volunteers.

“Shannon has always showed caring and sensitivity toward others,” says Sandra A., Shannon’s mother. “We were not surprised when she wanted to work at Manda Ann for her project.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Shannon has earned her Bronze and Silver Awards and is a member of The Voice, a girl-led group that serves the GSSJC board of directors. At James E. Taylor High School, she is a member of color guard, FBLA and Spanish Club. Following graduation, Shannon plans to attend college to study business management.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit