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Girl Scout makes renovations at Brazoria County Women’s Shelter to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Pearland, TX – Girl Scout Morgan S. renovated a transitional home at the Brazoria County Women's Shelter 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 people are very generous when they know they are helping a good cause," said Morgan, a graduate of Pearland 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 I have a great desire to help children to become well-rounded adults," said Morgan.

For her project, Morgan led volunteers in making renovations to one of the shelter's existing homes where mothers and their children live while making the transition to a new life. Supplies for the renovations were donated by friends, family and local businesses in Pearland. Renovations were made over a three week period with Morgan and her volunteers working eight-hour shifts each Saturday and Sunday.

"I was very impressed with Morgan’s leadership skills," said Cindy S., Morgan’s mother. "The project seemed too large for one girl, but she managed to do the project with delegating and getting funds and supplies. She is a very dedicated and focused young lady."

Morgan was a member of Girl Scouts for 14 years. At Pearland High School, she was vice president of the Pearland Prancer drill team, and a member of the kick company, lyrical and jazz team, and a member of National Honor Society. She is currently attending Baylor studying child psychology.

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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