Girl Scout creates ID cards for kids, earns Gold Award
HOUSTON (March 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Sarah G. held a fall carnival for a children at Mission of Yahweh where she made ID cards for every attendee 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 many people do not have a current ID,” says Sarah, a senior at Bellaire High School. “I also learned that poverty and suffering is just around the corner and that we should focus more on what we can do locally.”
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 it helped people who needed it and actually had a long-term impact,” explains Sarah.
For every ID card created, Sarah led a group of volunteers in taking photos and fingerprinting 150 children. The cards were given to the parents at the carnival so they could identify their child to authorities should they ever go missing.
“Sarah learned a great deal about the pervasiveness and challenges of homelessness,” says Lisa G., Sarah’s mother. “Through Girl Scouts and her Gold Award project, Sarah has developed leadership skills.”
As an active member of Girl Scouts, Sarah has also earned her Bronze Award. At Bellaire High School, she is president of Environmental Club and business manager of the school newspaper. Following graduation, Sarah plans to attend college to study environmental science or marine biology.
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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