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Clear Brook Girl Scout builds fence at local nonprofit to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON, Texas (August, 2013) – Girl Scout Faith M. led a team of volunteers in building a fence at Family Promise of Clear Creek Day Center, a nonprofit focused on helping homeless families find housing and jobs, 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, organizational skills, the importance of budgeting and the importance of having a community network,” said Faith, a junior at Clear Brook 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 was aware of homelessness in my community, so when I heard about Family Promise helping families in my community, I thought I could help and educate Girl Scouts at the same time,” said Faith.
For her project, Faith led her team of volunteers in planning and constructing a picket fence for Family Promise. The fence was installed around a children’s play area, which Faith hopes will make the area safe for children. The project was completed over a four-day period.
“Faith learned to manage her time and plan ahead,” said Kathy M., Faith’s mother. “She also learned the importance of having a plan B for unexpected issues. Faith has been developing into a strong leader and has developed stronger communication skills.”
Faith has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Clear Brook High School she is a member of swim team, water polo, National Honor Society and student council. Outside of school, she is active in her church’s youth group, teen advisory board and is a Sunday school teacher’s assistant. Following graduation in 2015, she plans to attend college to study either accounting or pre-med.
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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 62,000 girls 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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