Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Gold Award Spotlight: Pearland Girl Scout Builds Garden for Disabled

Melanie Lyssy, a junior at Dawson High School , earned the Girl Scout Gold Award recently for her efforts in building a vegetable garden for the disabled.  

To earn the award, Lyssy planned, designed and built 400 square feet of raised vegetable garden beds for Forgotten Angels Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides specially designed home, facilities as well as enrichment and vocational opportunities for people with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities. Lyssy recruited more than 30 volunteers to assist with the project that impacted more than 100 residents. 

“I’ve always enjoyed working in our garden and now the residents have a project they can build on and see their accomplishments,” said Lyssy.

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award--Way to go, Melanie!

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do in Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit: www.gssjc.org