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Cypress Girl Scout hosts art classes for seniors to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Monika B. led volunteers in hosting art classes for seniors at Heartland of Willowbrook 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 was able to understand my strengths and weaknesses better during the process of the project,” said Monika, a 2012 graduate of Cypress Woods High School. “For example, I am better able to take care of others and have embraced the volunteer spirit of giving. I have developed better communication skills by learning how best to interact with the elderly.” The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world. “I chose this project because the lack of creative outlets for the elderly can lead to boredom and depression,” said Monika. “I hoped art classes might bring joy and satisfaction to the participants, especially those who feel they are incapable of learning new things, such as art.” For her project, Monika led her team of volunteers in planning and teaching art classes at Heartland of Willowbrook. Classes were held over an eight-month period and students learned skills such as painting and crafting. They enjoyed making a variety of holiday and seasonal trinkets and keepsakes. “Monika developed new social skills, learned how to resolve unexpected issues, became a great organizer and record keeper and brought joy to dozens who participated [in her classes],” said Doris B., Monika’s mother. “She also learned leadership through interaction with her team of volunteers.” Monika was a member of Girl Scouts for nine years. At Cypress Woods High School she participated in art competitions through the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition. Monika is currently attended Lone Star College – Cy-Fair and plans to continue on to a four-year university after completing an associate’s degree in art.

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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 www.gssjc.org.

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