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Sugar Land Girl Scout hosts home gardening workshop to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Sydney R. hosted a home gardening workshop for residents of an area assisted living facility 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 a leader must be able to plan and organize a project or it will take longer than expected due to conflicts and changes,” said Sydney, a senior at Hightower 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 the assisted living facility my grandmother lived at had two above-ground flower beds that had not been used in years,” said Sydney. “I wanted to provide the residents that enjoy gardening with the knowledge and equipment needed to do so.”

For her project, Sydney led her team of volunteers in planning and hosting her gardening workshop. Approximately 15 assisted living facility residents attended and learned how to plant vegetables and flowers.

“This home gardening project helped Sydney learn to organize time and manage people,” said Lesa R., Sydney’s mother. “She learned things don’t always go as planned and to be flexible and open to changes.”

Sydney has been a member of Girl Scouts for seven years. At Hightower High School she is also a member of National Honor Society and HOSA. Following graduation she plants to attend college to study biomedical science, then wants to attend veterinary school to become a zoo veterinarian.

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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 70,000 girl members 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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