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Katy Girl Scout donates to Star of Hope, Open Door Mission to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Dayna P. sewed 200 drawstring bags and filled them with donated toiletries to donate to the Star of Hope and Open Door Mission 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 be a leader and how to be an involved member of my community,” said Dayna, a junior this year at Taylor 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 was very aware of the many homeless people in Houston, and I wanted to give them something to smile about,” said Dayna.

For her project, Dayna led a team of volunteers in collecting toiletry donations from the community and taught her volunteers how to sew the drawstring bags items were packed inside. Approximately 200 bags were donated to Star of Hope and Open Door Mission (100 bags each).

“Dayna learned the importance of being involved in the issues that affect her community,” said Jacki P., Dayna’s mother.

Dayna has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Taylor High School she is a member of tennis, National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Key Club. She is also on the honor roll and has been named Student of the Week. Following graduation in 2014, Dayna plans to go to college to study architecture.

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