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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout brings families together to earn Gold Award

LAKE JACKSON, Texas (June 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Michelle O. created a “Kids Corner” for families at Hearthstone Assisted Living 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 I can do anything if I am determined, and I put my mind to it,” says Michelle, a junior at Brazoswood High School. “I also learned organization and a good plan were essential in helping me achieve my goal.”

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.

“As a child I remember how much I disliked visiting my grandfather at an assisted living home,” explains Michelle as to why she chose the project. “I loved seeing my grandfather, but I was bored and got in trouble if I wasn’t quiet and still.”

Michelle’s “Kids Corner” is designed to entertain younger children while visiting Hearthstone Assisted Living. She led volunteers in creating activities and collecting books, blocks, musical instruments, tea sets, games, puzzles, toys and craft projects for children ages 0-12. Michelle and her volunteers constructed shelves and put together the “Kids Corner.”

“Michelle has learned through her Gold Award that she can make a difference in her community and that she matters,” says Josie O., Michelle’s mother. “Her organizational and leadership skills were challenged, but she worked out all obstacles and never gave up.”

As an active member of Girl Scouting, Michelle participates in many service projects, has earned numerous certifications through the Red Cross and is a Program Aide. At Brazoswood High School, Michelle is a member of National Honor Society, orchestra and tennis. She also participates in the Lake Jackson Youth Advisory Commission and is an active member of First United Methodist Church. Following graduation in 2012, she hopes to attend Baylor University to study medicine.

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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