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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout holds feast for underprivileged, earns Gold Award

CLEAR LAKE, Texas (June 14, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Stephanie P. held a Thanksgiving feast for underprivileged families 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 organizational skills and leadership skills,” says Stephanie, a graduate of Clear Lake High School. “I also learned there are so many more people in the community that need help and meals than I originally thought.”

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 told to help the community,” explains Stephanie as to how she chose the project. “When I went to my church to see what I could do, one of the members gave me the idea of having a Thanksgiving dinner. It was the first year for our church to do it, and I was more than happy to make it happen.”

Stephanie led volunteers in collecting and preparing the meal. She invited families from low-income apartments, ESL and homeless shelters. The feast felt nearly 500 people.

“Stephanie learned how to become an effective manager,” says Gary P., Stephanie’s father. “She also gained the highest respect from the church group, who presented her with the Good Samaritan Award for her support and contribution to the dinner.”

At Clear Lake High School, Stephanie was a member of National Honor Society. As a Girl Scout she regularly participated in service projects benefiting children and the homeless. This fall, Stephanie plans to attend Texas State University to study orthodontics.

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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