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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout raises awareness of unexpected pregnancy to earn Gold Award

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (Nov. 13, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Alessandra R. raised awareness of unexpected pregnancy and made blankets for Pregnancy Assistance Center North 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 gained a better understanding of world wide issues occurring right in my hometown,” says Alessandra, a recent graduate of Woodlands College Park High School. “I learned how easy it is to make a difference in the lives of others and how fun it can be.”

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 I wanted to make a difference in the lives of individuals facing unexpected pregnancies, as well as spread awareness of the struggles these women face each day and how people can help,” explains Alessandra.

As part of the project, Alessandra held 15 sewing workshops where participants made 30 blankets for Pregnancy Assistance Center North. During the workshops, Alessandra educated participants about the struggles women face who turn to Pregnancy Assistance Center North.

“Alessandra developed a realistic schedule and kept to the timeline for completing her project,” says Marienza R., Alessandra’s mother. “She learned self-motivation and the importance of being well prepared.”

At Woodlands College Park, Alessandra was a member of student council and orchestra. She is currently attending the University of Texas in Austin studying biochemistry.

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 www.gssjc.org.