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Richmond Girl Scout works with wildlife shelter to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Richmond, TX – Girl Scout Kathy U. worked to better and promote the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition (TWRC) 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 patience is really important in life, especially in the Gold Award," said Kathy, a senior at Foster High School. "This project taught me in order to do some things efficiently, it needs to take time."

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 really love animals, but I didn’t want to work with the average, everyday animal shelter," said Kathy.

For her project, Kathy volunteered her time with TWRC, attending festivals and events to educate the greater public on the shelter’s efforts and animals. After getting a feel for the organization, Kathy recruited volunteers and led them in working with the shelter’s bird program to help identify species of baby birds. The birds brought to the shelter are chronicled with photos of their development, which Kathy assisted with. She also created posted of the top 10 species at TWRC so they would be easier to identify and visitors could learn about the birds during their visit.

"Kathy has always shown exceptional organizational skills, which dramatically increased with her Gold Award," said Nancy U., Kathy’s mother." She maintained focus of her goals throughout her project and completed a high quality project in the time frame she originally established."

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Kathy has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Foster High School she is a member of National Honor Society, HOSA, and the Service Chords Program. Following graduation she hopes to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study medicine.

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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