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Clear Lake Girl Scout holds library event, school supply drive to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Clear Lake, TX – Girl Scout Kristen P. hosted a "fun day" for children at the Freeman Library and collected school supplies for Interfaith Caring Ministries 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 a lot about myself," said Kristen, a senior at Clear Lake High School. "This project helped me better understand the traits of a true leader. It also helped me understand how important it is to me to help the less fortunate in the community and to use the resources to benefit others."

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 I believe that everyone should have equal opportunities regarding learning," said Kristen. "Having the free event and donated school supplies gives more people a greater chance succeeding with their education."

For her project, Kristen led a team of volunteers in holding a day of educational, fun events at Freeman Library. She chose to host the event during the summer so students could benefit from the educational curriculum she created during their time off from school. More than 20 children attended her event. Kristen also collected $800 worth of school supplies, which were donated to Interfaith Caring Ministries.

"Through the Gold Award process, Kristen learned leadership, organization, planning, scheduling and a keener appreciation of small details" said Justine P., Kristen’s mother. "Kristen has gained more confidence and independence, and she exhibits a deeper level of maturity."

Kristen has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Clear Lake High School, she is president of band, an editor for the school yearbook, senior representative for the student council, and a member of National Quill and Scroll Society, National Art Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and DECA. Following graduation, she plans to attend Texas A&M to study journalism or communications.

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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit


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