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Amber Childres
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Sugar Land Girl Scouts Honored with Outstanding Citizen Award

SUGAR LAND, Texas (May 2009) – The City of Sugar Land presented the Outstanding Citizen Award on May 5 to 15 local Girl Scouts who earned their Girl Scouts Gold Award in 2008-2009. The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than 5 percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. At the Outstanding Citizen Ceremony, Sugar Land’s Mayor James A. Thompson presented each Gold Award recipient with a certificate and a congratulatory handshake for their service and dedication to the community.

Tara J.’s Gold Award project was creating a second crime victims waiting room for children at the Brazoria County Courthouse. Annie L. designed and lead an awareness campaign committed to bettering the lives of those with Down Syndrome. She also sent out more than 1,500 e-brochures and appeared on two radio talk shows to promote her cause.

Stephanie M. used her own Irish heritage to educate the public about Ireland’s culture including dance, food and fashion. Her project which culminated with an Irish Culture booth she hosted at Sugar Land’s International Festival. Carolyn M.’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of homeless and adopted dogs. She worked closely with Citizens for Animal Protection to create educational pamphlets and workshops for local children.

Amanda M. assisted a family with three adopted children who each have special needs. The project included several repairs to the family’s home which included replacing the patio and building a new ramp to access the front door. Sabah N. led 16 summer classes at First Colony Library teaching adults and children about computer basics and how to use PowerPoint.

Katie R. held a week-long summer workshop for elementary school children in San Pedro, Belize. The project included teaching the kids about science, sports, math, reading, theatre, drawing and creative writing.

Stephanie S. led her volunteers in repainting the kitchen at the Behavior Treatment and Training Center in Rosenberg. She also made activity packs for the children. Kylie S. worked on her Gold Award Project by fixing up a YMCA summer camp in Colorado to help revitalize the forest that suffered from Mountain Pine Beetle destruction. She also directed children and staff at the camp in building picnic tables, assembling fences and planting 60 new trees.

Allison S. held a reading awareness day at Burleson Library and signed up 250 children to be a part of her reading club. She also collected more than 400 books and created a coloring book for the children. Madeline S.’s Gold Award project honored Clements High School basketball’s Coach Grafe who died of leukemia in 2007. She commissioned at artist to paint a memorial of the coach at the high school, organized a student/faculty basketball game, held a blood drive and distributed flyers about leukemia and the importance of giving blood.

Inspired by her love for music, Courtney S. spent her project creating music workshops for children. On the last day of the workshop, Courtney directed the children in a performance for their parents. Caroline S. worked with volunteers to repaint rooms at the Rosenberg Pregnancy Resource Center. She also donated hand-made diaper bags and booties to the center and led a crafts workshop for parents.

Lauren V.’s Gold Award project addressed diabetes prevention. She led health workshops in Mexico as well as at the Fort Bend Family Health Care Center. Sue Anna Y. also worked on her Gold Award project at Fort Bend Family Health Care Center to promote healthy eating and nutrition. She also launched a new program called Dynamic Dads which encourages fathers to teach their families about the importance of exercising.

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 www.gssjc.org.