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Amber Childres
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Girl Scouts donate to “Operation School Bell,” earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (March 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Seniors Lauren D. and Hayley O. partnered to prepare hygiene kits for “Operation School Bell,” sponsored by the Assistance League of Houston, 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 helping people less fortunate than myself makes me feel good,” says Lauren, a junior at St. John’s. “There are so many people in this world that need assistance, and every little thing I can do to help is appreciated.”

“I learned that assisting those in need can be extremely rewarding,” says Hayley, a junior at Carnegie Vanguard 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.

“We chose this project because there are lots of children in Houston in need of hygiene essentials,” explains Lauren. “We wanted to help these children and make them feel special.”

“We felt that this age group is easily overlooked by other service projects,” adds Hayley.

In addition to helping prepare hygiene kits at Assistance League of Houston, Lauren and Hayley made sports-themed bookmarks, hair ribbons and hygiene tip cards in be added to the kits. With the help of the Coast Guard and volunteers at “Operation School Bell,” Lauren and Hayley delivered the kits to needy school children.

At St. John’s High School, Lauren is a member of lacrosse. At Carnegie Vanguard High School, Hayley is a member of Parliamentarian of Service Club. Following graduation, both girls plan to attend college. Lauren plans to study business and Hayley plans to study political science or cultural studies.

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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