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Manvel Girl Scout promotes recycling in her community to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Keturah C. promoted recycling in her community 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 being a good communicator is key,” said Keturah, a junior at Dawson High School. “I developed leadership skills, and I learned how to guide people without being harsh or mean. I also learned you can always go above and beyond when you put your mind to it.”
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 protecting and saving the Earth is very dear to me,” said Keturah.
For her project, Keturah led her team of volunteers in approaching a wide cross-section of her community and educating them about the benefits of recycling. She hosted a recycling day at a local Sam’s Club where she handed out insulated recycling bags and fliers about the benefits of recycling and had shoppers sign a pledge of their intent to recycle. Keturah also promoted recycling to vendors at a cheer competition, students at her school, groups of younger children and her church. Finally, she and her volunteers emptied recycling bins every Thursday and Friday at her school during the project.
“Keturah learned to communicate openly, lead her peers in service activities and encouraged them to step up and speak out when called upon,” said Karen A., Keturah’s mother.
Keturah has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and participates in the Council’s Take Note Choir. At Dawson High School she is a member of National Honor Society, HOSA, Red Cross and track. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study biology.
About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto CouncilGirl 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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