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Clear Lake Girl Scout sews pillowcases for pediatric cancer patients at MD Anderson to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON, Texas (July, 2013) – Girl Scout Jessica M. sewed and collected pillowcases for children with cancer at MD Anderson 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 about working with different clubs and organizations to host my classes,” said Jessica, a senior at Clear Lake High School. “I learned teaching skills from my project as well.”
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 enjoy sewing, and I am passionate about helping people with chronic illness,” said Jessica.
For her project, Jessica led a team of volunteers in holding sewing classes where they taught underprivileged women how to sew. As a result, Jessica and her students produced more than 80 brightly colored and patterned pillowcases for pediatric cancer patients at MD Anderson.
“Jessica’s efforts towards her Gold Award have been impressive to me,” said Constance M., Jessica’s mother. “She coordinated sewing classes with several organizations and taught children and adults how to sew. This exemplified dedication, responsibility and leadership.”
Jessica has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years and participates in Mariners, GSSJC’s sailing program in Seabrook, Texas. At Clear Lake High School she is a member of band and National Honor Society. Following graduation in 2014, she plans to attend college to study biomedical engineering.
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