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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout renovates childcare room to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (March 8, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Annie M. and her volunteers made over the afterschool care room at Saint Mary’s of the Purification School 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 I enjoy painting and working with kids,” says Annie, a junior at Episcopal High School. “I also learned that I was much more patient than I originally thought, and that through enough hard work and dedication, I could complete something I had never attempted.

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.

“At my old elementary school, we had an extended day care program, and I remember it being my favorite part of the day,” explains Annie. “This project gave me the opportunity to explore my creative side and give kids the same great experience I had.”

For her project, Annie and volunteers painted, organized, decorated and cleaned the after school care room. She also organized a reception for the whole school to put their painted handprints on the wall. In addition, she collected LEGOs and a LEGO table to make the room more fun.

“I think working on the Gold Award helped Annie to develop into the quiet leader she is today,” says Patricia Murchison, Annie’s mother.

As a Girl Scout, Annie was an active cookie sales participant. At Episcopal High School, Annie is involved in varsity basketball, year book and the cooking club and has earned the Coach’s Award.

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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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