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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout collects food for the needy to earn Gold Award

CYPRESS (April 4, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Rachelle H. donated baking items and fresh produce to more than 250 families in need during the winter holidays 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 I can do anything if I put my mind to it, no matter how grand the task,” says Rachelle, a senior at Cy-Fair High School. “I love helping people and sacrificing my own time to do so.”

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 was looking for a project that would help people in my area the most,” explains Rachelle. “Finding one that provided nutritious and seasoned foods for the needy was a perfect fit, since I was able to help over 250 to 300 families.”

Rachelle collected more than 596 baking items and fresh produce from 75 people. With the supplies, she made 100 baskets of baking items and 250 boxes of fresh produce to donate to Cypress Assistance Ministries, an organization devoted to helping families in need. After donating all the items to CAM, she helped the organization deliver the baskets and boxes.

“Rachelle learned that doing a large project like this take lots of thought and planning,” says Camille and Mike Havelka, Rachelle’s parents. “She also had to be flexible if something had to change. She matured and showed lots of determination to complete this project.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Rachelle has earned her Bronze and Silver Awards and is a troop officer and top cookie seller. At Cy-Fair High School, Rachelle is involved in the National Honor Society and has won numerous awards in band. Following graduation, she plans to attend University of North Texas to become a physician’s assistant.

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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