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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout educates community on environmental issues to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Oct. 1, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Samantha M. hosted an environmental awareness fair 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 a lot about little ways we can help out the Earth from our own homes that require little or no time and money,” says Samantha, a senior at Bellaire High School. “I also learned about how much time and advertising is necessary when planning a whole event single-handedly.”

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’m very interested in the little ways we can choose to help out our planet,” explains Samantha. “Every day I see a whole lot of unnecessary wastefulness going on, and I wanted to do my best to make people aware of what damage they were doing.”

Samantha’s environmental awareness fair took place at Nature Discovery Center. During the six-hour event, Samantha led volunteers in educating attendees on environmental issues, crafts, exhibits, face painting, food, a moonwalk and a visit from a local environmental organization. Over 60 people attended.

“I am very proud of Samantha for sticking with it and completing a great project,” says Linda M., Samantha’s mother. “I feel she gained a lot of confidence and is increasingly independent.”

At Bellaire High School, Samantha is a member of soccer, Amigos de las Americas and debate. Following graduation she hopes to attend a college to study foreign relations.

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

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