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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout spreads kindness in her community to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Sept. 30, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Meesha K. completed several random acts of kindness 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 it is very easy to start a chain of kindness myself,” says Meesha, a senior at William B. Travis High School. “I was inspired to continue my volunteer work, and I hope that one day I will be able to inspire others to continue the chain of kindess.”

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 wanted to work on a project that would affect as many members of the community as possible,” explains Meesha as to why she chose the project.

To spread kindness in her community, Meesha worked with children at the Fort Bend Woman’s Shelter; organized volunteers to help elderly neighbors take down their Christmas decorations; baked cookies for the custodial staff at her school; hosted bingo for an assisted living center; and worked with a younger Girl Scout troop to make cards for patients at Texas Children’s Hospital.

“Meesha’s project has allowed her exposure to work with different generations and in varied capacity,” says Anita K., Meesha’s mother. “She has become more focused on her future career and has expressed interest in continuing her volunteer work.”

At William B. Travis High School, Meesha is a member of band, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.

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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