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Memorial Girl Scout works with Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (September, 2013) – Girl Scout Melanie K. built bunny boxes for Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition (TWRC) and educated elementary school students on the importance of wildlife conservation 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 better manage my time,” said Melanie, a 2013 graduate of Stratford High School. “I also learned how to organize a group and the importance of getting people involved.”

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 am passionate about wildlife and think many students are not education on how they can help solve the problems wildlife are facing,” said Melanie.

For her project, Melanie led a team of volunteers in planning and building 10 bunny boxes for TWRC. She also led her team in planning and presenting information on wildlife conservation to elementary school students in her community and helped them make squirrel feeders.

“Melanie gained valuable experience in getting support and seeking help when she was unsure of what to do,” said Christi K., Melanie’s mother. “She also learned to be a team leader and to organize others.”

Melanie was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Stratford High School she was a member of drumline, robotics team, leader of her school’s Junior Engineering Technical Society and a member of the Academy of Science and Engineering. This fall she is attending Texas A&M University to study civil engineering.

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