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Spring Girl Scout builds bat houses for Collins Park to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Leslie Z. built 12 bat houses for Collins Park 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 communication skills are very important to being a good member of society,” said Leslie, a senior at Klein Oak High School. “I was able to develop my skills through my project. I also learned that organization needs to be present to things run smoothly and on time.”

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 saw a need for bat houses at Collins Park,” said Leslie. “Since the drought last year took the life of many trees in the park, I thought building bat houses would be beneficial not just for the environment since bats pollinate, but also for the people who go to Collins Park since bats eat 1,000 – 2,000 mosquitoes a night.”

For her project, Leslie led a team of volunteers in constructing and installing 12 bat houses, each which can house up to 50 bats at a time, at Collins Park in Spring. Leslie taught her volunteers how the build the houses and identified spots around a pond to install them.

“Leslie not only learned a lot about construction, she also learned how bats are beneficial to the environment,” said Myrna Z., Leslie’s mother. “One great thing that this project has instilled in my daughter is the need for service to her community. This will stay with her throughout her life.”

Leslie has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Klein Oak High School she is a member of band, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Academic Octathlon, Peer Mediation and Spanish Club. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study business.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

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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