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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout plants garden to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Oct. 1, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Audrey V. worked with the organization Making It Better (MIB), a local nonprofit for at-risk children, 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 that how to organize events, lessons and projects for over 20 kids and how to manage my time and resources,” says Audrey, a 2010 graduate of St. Agnes Academy.

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 the opportunity to work with kids,” Audrey explains. “A friend had worked with MIB before and when I looked into the organization it really spoke to me.”

Audrey created a garden at a local apartment complex served by MIB and taught children living there about gardening, healthy living and the environment. She led volunteers in planting a garden of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. She also taught the children patience, hard work and responsibility.

“Audrey learned self reliance, planning and schedule maintenance,” says Kathy V., Audrey’s mother. “This project helped her have a broader view of her surroundings.”

At St. Agnes, Audrey was a member of water polo, National Honor Society, Nation Science Honor Society, theater, band and orchestra. This fall she is attending St. Louis University to study biology and education.

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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