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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout promotes pet adoption programs to earn Gold Award

BEAUMONT, Texas (Oct. 1, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Sarah K. raised awareness of pet adoptions 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 there are many areas to help lost pets or strays and that not all of our community is aware,” says Sarah, a 2010 graduate of Katy 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.

“I chose this project because I am an animal lover,” explains Sarah. “I hate to see pets in pain, so I wanted to help the Home Pet Placement League.”

To help the Home Pet Placement League gain awareness, Sarah led volunteers in creating and distributing hand-outs explaining what the organization does and how the public can adopt pets.

“Sarah put her heart into this project,” says Diana K., Sarah’s mother. “She was committed and continued the work all on her own to make it a success.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Sarah also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards and was a member of the Take Note choir. At Katy High School, she was a member of choir. The fall she is attending Texas A&M University in Galveston to study coastal and civil engineering.

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 www.gssjc.org.

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