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Katy Girl Scout assists with church mission to Kenya to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (October, 2013) – Girl Scout Jessica L. held sewing workshops to make eyeglass cases for her church’s mission trip to Kenya 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’s okay to rely on others whose skills complement my own,” said Jessica, a 2013 graduate of Cinco Ranch High School. “I learned how to leverage the skills of others in order to complete a project.”

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 have always enjoyed sewing, and I wanted more people to learn the value and joy that learning to sew can provide,” said Jessica.

For her project, Jessica led a team of volunteers in hosting sewing workshops where students learned how to sew simple eyeglass cases. The cases were then donated to Jessica’s church for a mission trip where Kenyans would be given new pairs of eyeglasses, accompanied by Jessica’s cases. Through her workshops she was able to make more than 200 eyeglass cases.

“Jessica learned how to pull together a great project,” said Linda L., Jessica’s mom. “She learned to leverage her strengths and appreciate others with complementary strengths.”

Jessica was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At Cinco Ranch High School she was a member of theater, choir and debate. She is currently attending Texas A&M to study communications.

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