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Houston Girl Scout creates food pantry at Yellowstone Academy to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Emma P. created a food pantry at Yellowstone Academy, a nonprofit school for underprivileged children in Houston’s Third Ward, 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 that it is actually possible to make a difference in your community with only a small project,” said Emma, a senior at Duchesne Academy. “While ending world hunger may seem like a big task, the first step is to end hunger in your backyard. Knowing that I have made a difference in my community makes me feel empowered to help others.”

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 heard that there was a strong need for food donations at Yellowstone Academy,” said Emma. “Hunger and poverty are two issues that I feel strongly above, and the majority of my volunteering goes toward helping those who are dealing with these issues.”

For her project, Emma led a team of volunteers in converting an old bookroom into a food pantry at Yellowstone Academy. She then held a series of food drives from September through December to stock and re-stock the pantry. Finally, the make the project sustainable, Emma partnered with a local National Charity League chapter to ensure donations would continue to come to the food pantry.

“It was a great opportunity to see Emma develop plans and carry them out to achieve her goals, especially for a cause that was meaningful to hear,” said Maureen P., Emma’s mother. “I have no doubt that she has the skills and confidence to take on larger and more challenging projects in the future. She was a true inspiration to the girls as well as the mothers in our NCL chapter.”

Emma has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Duchesne Academy she is a member of National Honor Society, varsity swim team and is treasurer of the student council. In addition Emma volunteers her time weekly at the Forum, interacting with seniors in the Alzheimer ward, and also tutors underclassmen in math. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study engineering.

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