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Houston Girl Scout harvests marsh grass seeds to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Claire H. worked with the Galveston Bay Foundation to reintroduce marsh grass to the environment 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 leadership skills, how to instruct a team of volunteers, event planning, professional communication and problem solving from this project,” said Claire, a 2014 graduate of Clear Lake High School.
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 grew up in and around Galveston Bay and I love the water,” said Claire. “Swimming, sailing, scuba diving, and fishing are all things that I love to do that are made possible by healthy water systems. I learned about the work being done by the Galveston Bay Foundation and approached them about doing my project with them; they taught me about the need for a march grass seed harvest.”
For her project, Claire led a team of twenty volunteers in harvesting marsh grass seeds to reintroduce the plant into areas where it has been depleted. Claire worked as an intern at the Galveston Bay Foundation to learn about the various efforts to protect the bay, and donated the marsh grass seeds she harvested to an organization that grows the marsh grass so it can be replanted fully grown.
“Claire became more confident and outgoing during the Gold Award process,” said Theresa H., Claire's mother. “I could hardly believe when I saw my little girl make a professional presentation to the Galveston Bay Foundation staff members. Planning, organizing, and leading a projects of this scope has taught Claire to be organized, decisive and accommodating to volunteers.”
Claire was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Clear Lake High School she was a member of National Honor Society, theater, French Club, and was a part of the Girl Scout Global Green Team. Claire plans to attend college to pursue a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) career.
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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