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Katy Girl Scout works with Texas Children’s Hospital, empowers peers to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON, Texas (August, 2013) – Girl Scout Alexis F. collected DVDs and created craft kits for Texas Children’s Hospital patients and taught junior high about the importance of community service 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 gained skills as a leader when instructing younger students and learned a lot about managing a large amount of supplies,” said Alexis, a 2013 graduate of Cinco Ranch High School. “I also learned it’s often the little things that make the biggest difference.”
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 it was long-term,” said Alexis. “By working with junior high students and teaching them about community service, I had a more widespread, longer lasting impact.”
For her project, Alexis led her team of volunteers in a donation drive for children’s DVDs. She then worked with her volunteers to hold a workshop where junior high students assembled craft kits for waiting rooms at Texas Children’s Hospital. More than 200 DVDs and 400 craft kits were donated.
“Through her project Alexis learned how to share her passion and enthusiasm for service with others and the widespread impact a large group could have,” said Michele F., Alexis’ mother.
Alexis was a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Cinco Ranch High School she was a member of band, tennis, Mu Alpha Theta, French Club, National Honor Society, PALs, student council and the school’s literary magazine. She is currently attending Texas A&M University to study chemical engineering.
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