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Magnolia Girl Scout creates pet adoption program to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (July, 2013) – Girl Scout Victoria R. created the “Adopt a Furry Friend” campaign at Abandoned Animal Rescue (AAR) to educate her community on the benefits of pet adoptions 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 it is important to be on the lookout for others who need help, then find a way to meet that need,” said Victoria, a junior at Magnolia High School. “I also learned many people are willing to lend a hand when asked to do so and that a smile and a word of encouragement goes a long way.”

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’ve always loved animals and greatly respected AAR for being a no-kill shelter,” said Victoria. “I wanted to repay them for their kindness towards animals in need by providing for the shelter’s needs.”

For her project, Victoria led a team of volunteers in creating a public service announcement, holding a pet rally and workshop and hosting a pet adoption booth. The PSA was screened at Victoria’s school where she also created a “Pet of the Day” slide for her school’s digital announcement broadcast system for one month. Approximately 18 people attended her pet rally where she taught fellow students the benefits of adopting pets. Finally, she worked an adoption booth at the Tomball Mud Bug Festival for AAR.

“Since beginning her Gold Award project, we have watched our daughter grow in character and maturity,” said Connie R., Victoria’s mother. “She has learned to be more organized, to set a good example for her peer group and to assume a leadership role in the community through hard work and dedication to her cause.”

Victoria has been a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years. At Magnolia High School she is a member choir and color guard. Outside of school, she is involved with her church’s youth activities and regularly volunteers in the church nursery. Following graduation in 2015 she hopes to attend Baylor University to study literary education and music.

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