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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout organizes recycling event to earn Gold Award

RICHMOND, Texas (Jan. 27, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Alesia E. organized “Twin Oaks Goes Green Recycle Day” 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 I love to help out my community anyway I can,” says Alesia, a 2010 graduate of Bush High School. “All you have to do is put your mind to it, and you can make a difference.”

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 selected this project because recycling is important to me, and I desire to preserve our environment,” explains Alesia. “I was aware my community did not have curbside recycling and hoped it could be implemented.”

For her project, Alesia asked her community to commit to two months of recycling. Participants had to bring paper, plastic, glass and cans to the Bush High School Parking lot to be rewarded with environmentally friendly products and gift cards. She had 130 participants and collected a truck load of materials for Green Arrow Recycling.

“Alesia enhanced her leadership skills with her project,” says Cynthia Eldridge, Alesia’s mother. “She realizes that she really can make a difference. She has really matured over the last four months and has taken on more responsibilities.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Alesia earned her Silver and Bronze Award and participated in senior senate and The Voice. At Bush High School, she is involved in cheerleading and soccer. Following graduation, she hopes to attend Houston Community College to get a license in cosmetology.

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

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