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Cypress Girl Scout organizes school supply drive to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Cypress, TX – Girl Scout Melissa D. coordinated a school supply drive in the Cypress area 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 exactly how much one can accomplish on will power alone," said Melissa, a graduate of Cy-Fair High School. "Everything can be going exactly the way you don’t want it to, but there is always a way to solve the problem."

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 to take full advantage of the time period at hand," said Melissa. "I only had the month of August to complete the Gold Award, and that is prime school supply season."

Melissa led volunteers in recruiting several Cypress-area organizations to participate in her 10-day school supply drive. The donations were stuffed into backpacks and then delivered to an area elementary school to benefit underprivileged students. Melissa collected enough supplies to stuff an entire SUV.

As a member of Girl Scouts, Melissa also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Cy-Fair High School, she was a member of National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, marching band, PALS and Key Club. She is currently attending Northeastern University in Boston studying cultural anthropology.

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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