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Spring Girl Scout hosts holiday lunch for underprivileged children to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (March 2012) - Girl Scout Marianne K. hosted a holiday lunch for children at a local low-income apartment complex to earn Girl Scouts of the USA's Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

"I learned how to identify a need in the community and then plan a program that would address those needs," said Marianne, a 2012 graduate of Klein High School. "Although I learned many practical things, I think the thing that I learned the most from was finding people who had skills that I do not and getting them involved in my project."

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 after learning about the many children in my community who are dependent on the school breakfast and lunch programs, I wanted to help," said Marianne.

For her project, Marianne led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting the Holiday Lunch Bunch. For four days, she visited children at an area apartment complex and shared lunch with them while school was out for winter break. Nearly 30 children participated in her program.

"Marianne has become much more responsible and proactive," said Gwen K., Marianne's mother. "She worked very hard to develop her program and was very enthusiastic about leading her volunteers and the children who participated."

Marianne was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Klein High School she was a member of FFA and National Honor Society. This fall she is attending Texas Tech to study nursing.

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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