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Sugar Land Girl Scout hosts baking classes for seniors to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Anastasia Z. taught senior citizens at the Greatwood Retirement Home how to bake 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 how to communicate with strangers as well as plan and lead a class,” said Anastasia, a 2013 graduate of St. Agnes Academy 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 chose this project because I love baking and definitely wanted to address the senior citizens,” said Anastasia. “When my project advisor said the retirement home had an over in the craft room, I was ecstatic.”

For her project, Anastasia led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting eight baking classes for the senior community at Greatwood Retirement Home. She also held seasonal cookie parties with new recipes for each class. The class sizes ranged from five to fifteen people.

“Anastasia definitely benefited from this experience as she had to plan, organize, be on time, structure the lesson plan, and be outgoing for the class participants,” said Kelly Z., Anastasia’s mother. “She grew in confidence and empathy for her students.”

Anastasia was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At St. Agnes High School she was a member of the mixed chorus, journalism and is both a National Merit Hispanic Finalist and a Diabetes Association Sweetheart. This fall she will attend the University of San Diego to study accounting.

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 www.gssjc.org.

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