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Amber Childres

Girl Scout Remodels High School Courtyard

HOUSTON (March 3, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Kerry G. recruited 47 volunteers to help her design and rebuild a courtyard area for students and teachers at Pearland High School to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than 5 percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“Through my community service project, I learned that people are willing to help you as long as you’re willing to ask,” says G., a student at Pearland High School. “Hard work pays off in the end, and it can be fun at the same time.”

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.

“People had never regarded the courtyard as a useable space because it was dirty, filled with weeds and lacked places to sit down,” G. explains. “I chose to undertake this project because it could make an impact on hundreds of students. Several classrooms have windows that look out onto the courtyard.”

As part of her project, Kerry met with the principal and agriculture teachers to discuss her ideas to turn the rundown courtyard into a relaxing space. She recruited several volunteers who helped her clean windows, remove weeds, plant trees and install four newly built picnic tables.

“Kerry has always been a strong and confident individual who completes her work and is willing to help others,” says her mother, Nancy G. “In this role as project leader, it was important to plan, delegate and instruct others on what needed to be done rather than by doing everything alone.”

As a Girl Scout, Kerry serves as the Vice President of her troop and has helped other troop members with their Gold Award Projects. She plans to attend Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., where she will study animal science and agribusiness.

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 65,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit