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Amber Childres

Teen Holds Field Day for Youth, Earns Girl Scouts Gold Award

HOUSTON (April 8, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Sara W. collected gently used clothes for teenagers at The Krause Children’s Center, a local shelter for young victims of abuse, 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 it takes time and patience when working with others,” says Sara, a student at Cinco Ranch High School.

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.

“The kids who come into The Krause Center don’t always have their own clothes to wear,” explains Sara as to why she chose this particular project. “I wanted to help these children by collecting plenty of clothes for everyone.”

As part of her project, Sara spent two days painting the inside of a large clothing closet, where she then organized the clothes she collected and hung them according to gender, size and style. She returned to The Krause Children’s Center each week prior to the completion of her project to maintain the organization of the closet.

“I think Sara realized that working on a team requires consideration of others’ schedules and time constraints,” says Jan, Sara’s mother. “When I went with my daughter to visit the finished project, the volunteer coordinator couldn’t stop complimenting Sara on what a great job she had done, and how organizing the closet had been such a great help for the Krause Center.”

An active member of Girl Scouts since Kindergarten, Sara enjoys tennis and has also completed her Bronze and Silver Awards. She plans to attend college after high school and has expressed an interest in pursuing interior design.

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