Girl Scout fills local food pantry to earn Gold Award
Houston – Girl Scout Kimberly W. collected food to fill the food pantry at the Larkin Community Center 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 all kinds of useful life skills from this project, such as how to change a diaper, how to resolve an argument between children, how to work with adults and how to organize by other people’s standards," said Kimberly, a junior at Spring Woods High School.
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 my church has sponsored the Larkin Center for 45 years, and I wanted to continue on that tradition," said Kimberly.
For her project, Kimberly led volunteers in collecting food items for the Larkin Center. They were able to donate 90 pounds of rice and beans and 500 cans of canned foods. Kimberly also organized all of the closets in the center’s daycare facility, revamped the children’s library and spent time playing games with the children whose families were being served by the center.
"Kimberly learned confidence, responsibility, generosity and a sense of community," said Darla W., Kimberly’s mother. "She became aware of the underprivileged in the community and the great need of food banks. She also learned how to communicate with adults, companies and children."
At Spring Woods High School, Kimberly is a member of band and has received numerous awards including best solo at contest, second place concerto solo, first division solo, first division ensemble and best marcher. Following graduation in 2013 she hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study finance.
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 www.gssjc.org.
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