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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout refurbishes playground, earns Gold Award

HOUSTON (March 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Julia H. refurbished the playground at Casa de Esperanza 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.

“Everything was harder and took longer than I initially expected,” says Julia, a senior at St. Agnes Academy. “The first time something didn’t go right, I freaked out and didn’t know what to do, but after that I learned how to handle stressful situations.”

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 love kids and I wanted to make a difference in their lives,” says Julia. “Casa de Esperanza is a school for children who are traumatized or have a disease which prevents them from thriving in a public school environment. The playground was very hazardous and I wanted to fix it.”

Julia led a group of volunteers in making the playground safe again. They fixed nails that were sticking out of wood, replaced rotting wood, re-stained the playground, removed the sandbox and repaired picnic tables. The project took 10 days to complete.

“Julia learned about the difficulties involved in organizing people for a project,” says Jay H., Julia’s father. “She also learned that things always take longer than you think.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Julia has participated in the destinations program. At St. Agnes Academy, she is on honor roll. Julia is also a member of varsity cheerleading at St. Thomas. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study business.

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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