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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout refurbishes garden, earns Gold Award

KATY, Texas (June 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Meghan E. revitalized a garden at Willow River Farms, a center serving person with developmental disabilities, to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I learned that I could make a difference in a small community in a big way,” says Meghan, a graduate of the Gateway Academy.

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

“I discovered this community through helping my brother with his Eagle Scout award,” explains Meghan as to why she chose the project. “It’s a very worthy group of people who need more volunteers and community awareness.”

Meghan led five volunteers in refurbishing Willow River Farms’ garden. Meghan met with a master gardener who helped her selective native plants. Workers weeded and conditioned the soil, planted items Meghan has selected and mulched flower beds. Volunteers also added benches, bird feeders, a bird bath and plant labels to make the garden more appealing. Once the outdoor work was completed, Meghan created a binder with information on all the plants and birds in the garden to share with the residents.

“Meghan learned that everyone leads in their own way and that she has to push herself out of her comfort zone to talk to groups of people,” says Sally E., Meghan’s mother. “She has more confidence in her ability to plan and carry out details of a project.”

As a Girl Scout, Meghan has also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At Gateway Academy, she was a member of Student Council and Fitness Club. In the fall she plans to attend Lone Star College to study American sign language.

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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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