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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout helps the Baby Boutique to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Dec. 15 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Shannon B. helped recreate the Baby Boutique for Care Net Pregnancy Center after the center moved to a new location 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 I definitely have a passion for helping other people,” says Shannon, a senior at Cy-Fair Senior High School. “I also learned time-management skills because the bulk of my project was done at the end of my junior year.”

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 was inspired by the ministry and wanted to do whatever I could to help them in their move to the new facility,” explains Shannon.

For her project, Shannon cleaned and decorated the center’s new boutique, painted furniture, organized items and helped move supplies. She also created a storage unit for crib sheets and ran a donation drive to collect baby supplies for the boutique.

“Shannon very independently took charge of this project and saw it through to completion,” says Carol Banner, Shannon’s mother. “I think she learned both organizational and leadership skills with this project. All of this showed her that with a take-charge attitude, she can accomplish major projects competently.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Shannon also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Cy-Fair Senior High School, she participates in marching and concert band and has qualified for Region band. She has also been on the Distinguished Honor Roll throughout high school. Following graduation, she plans to attend either Texas A&M or Purdue University to study 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

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