Monday, September 11, 2006

"Making a Mark" with Texas Children's Cancer Center

What a wonderful day I had with my Girl Scout Troop on Sunday. My troop is intimate, just two girls, but we have a great time together. Tori (my daughter) and her friend Gabby earned their Silver Award this weekend working at the Making a Mark art show opening at the Texas Children's Cancer Center at Texas Children's Hospital.

The Silver Award is hard to earn. It requires that each girl commit to many hours of service and leadership, earn several badges, including badges on career and business, and complete the 4B Challenge. After all that is done - we spent a year on it - the girls must devise and complete a 50 hours community service project.

Tori and Gabby did their service project for the Cancer Center. Besides helping to set up the art show, they staffed two of the three arts and crafts tables during the opening, helping the most darling children you ever saw create imaginative art. But their project involved more than that. Gabby and Tori assembled 300 kits to make keychain decorations from pony beads and delivered them to Carol Herron, who runs the art program for Texas Children's Cancer Center, on Sunday.

I am very proud of Gabby and Tori. They earned their Bronze Award (the Junior Girl Scout equivalent) as 6th graders and their Silver Award (Cadette Girl Scout level) as 10th graders. Now that they are Senor Girl Scouts (effective in October) they can look forward to earning their Gold Award in the next three years. The Gold Award is a major achievement, similar to the Eagle Scout Award.

Congratulations to Tori and Gabby. I am so proud to be their Girl Scout advisor!!

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