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Memorial Girl Scout celebrates Christmas with homebound seniors to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Mary K. made Christmas gifts, cards and more for homebound seniors receiving meals from Interfaith Ministries 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 gained self-confidence and improved my leadership skills,” said Mary, a junior at Memorial High School. “I also became a better public speaker. This project taught me that you can always learn, change and make things better than they were before. I also learned patience and the importance of hard work.”
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 elderly are often forgotten due to their isolation from being homebound,” said Mary. “I wanted to make sure that they received a Christmas gift to boost their spirits and ensure that people care about them and are willing to help them.”
For her project, Mary led her team of volunteers in making cards, placemats and blankets for people and pets that were delivered to homebound seniors receiving meals from Interfaith Ministries. She also put together gift bags and collected pillows to give them as well.
“Mary developed greater organizational and leadership skills,” said Anna-Maria K., Mary’s mother. “She learned that a good leader listens to volunteers.”
Mary has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and participates in the Council’s horseback riding interest group, SPURS. At Memorial High School she is a member of marching band, Latin Club, Memorial Mustang Outreach Bunch and Mu Alpha Theta. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study either biology or mathematics and hopes to someday become a pediatrician.
About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto CouncilGirl 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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