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Houston Girl Scout beautifies local childcare facility to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Erin L. beautified Bright Beginnings Academy, damaged by Hurricane Ike, 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 what it means to be a true leader,” said Erin, a senior at Duchesne Academy.

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 I love spending time with children,” said Erin. “When I saw the structural improvements that needed to be made to Bright Beginnings, I wanted to lead a project that would make those improvements which would benefit the children there.”

For her project, Erin led a team of volunteers in repainting the inside and outside of Bright Beginnings Academy and building a new business sign. Erin and her team also enjoyed spending two days with the children attending the academy and planned fun activities for them to enjoy.

“Erin learned how important organization factors into a project in order to ensure that everyone involved understands the process,” said Jana L., Erin’s mother. “She also learned to be an effective communicator and saw how hard work can pay off.”

Erin has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years and has also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At Duchesne Academy she is a member of Community Service Club, National Honor Society, volleyball, student government, Pre-Med Club, Ambassadors Club, Youth Service Community and is an alter server. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study chemical engineering.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

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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