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Girl Scout repairs and donates bicycles to children to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Lauren T. collected bicycles, help a repair workshop and donated the revamped bikes to children at Mission Centers of Houston and to St. Vincent de Paul Resale Store 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 that a successful leader is only as successful as the team she builds,” said Lauren, a senior this fall at St. Agnes Academy. “I also learned that I can accomplish what I set out to do and that I can make a difference in my community.”
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 chose this project because I realized that childhood obesity is a growing national issue, and I wanted to combine my concern for this issue with my passion of recycling and exercise,” said Lauren. “Recycling used bikes definitely involves all of these.”
For her project, Lauren first collected more than 30 bikes in her community. Some bikes were in need of repairs, so Lauren hosted a bike repair workshop where she led her volunteers in fixing up the donated bicycles. Once repairs were complete, the bikes were donated to Mission Centers of Houston’s Gano Street Center along with helmets for children as well as the St. Vincent de Paul Resale Store.
“Lauren has found out that perseverance matters,” said Linda P., Lauren’s mother. “She tried several projects before finding one that worked. She was able to take this idea and run with it, and she grew as a leader and in her organizational skills.”
Lauren has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At St. Agnes Academy she is a member of water polo, Amigos de las Americas, National Honor Society and cross country. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study bilogy.
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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