Girl Scout encourages unity for homeless families, earns Gold Award
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (April 15, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Meredith R. made scrapbooks with temporarily homeless families at Interfaith Hospitality Network to encourage family unity 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 no matter the circumstance, a family will always be a family,” says Meredith, a senior at Oak Ridge High School. “As families you will grow from trials and tribulations. Those trials are what bring the family together.”
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 brought my passion for homeless people and interest in scrapbooking together,” explains Meredith.
Meredith led volunteers in spending quality time with families at Interfaith Hospitality Network. They played games, created crafts and made snacks. During the activities, Meredith and her volunteers took pictures that were used to create the scrapbooks for the families.
“Meredith learned that it’s the small, everyday opportunities to create a memorable project,” says Terry R., Meredith’s father. “She has grown more compassionate towards children who are in need.”
As an active member of Girl Scouts, Meredith has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Oak Ridge High School she is a member of gold, choir and show choir. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study elementary education.
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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