May 162016


8th Grader receives Girl Scout Silver Award

Aubrey Urias  is an 8th grader at Holy Cross of San Antonio. Aubrey has been part of the Girl Scouts for 8 years now where she started at the rank of Daisy and has worked her way on becoming a Cadette and will bridge soon to become a Senior Girl Scout and eventually an Ambassador.

This weekend Aubrey was honored and the recipient of the Girl Scout Silver Award which is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn at her level  The Girl Scout Silver Award symbolizes accomplishments in Girl Scouting for girls in 6th through 8th grades who work to better their lives and the lives of others. The Silver Award helps girls to develop their leadership and organizational skills and encourages girls to step outside their comfort zones by making a commitment not only to seek self-improvement but to think about how they can improve the community, gently moving them from the role of spectator to advocate. The Silver Award is a minimum 60 hour project and takes nearly two years to achieve, firmly setting Girl Scouts on the path toward becoming the leaders of tomorrow.

Aubrey’s project was called “Christmas Time” where her and another troop member set out to collect gently used and new Christmas decorations to bring Christmas cheer to the elderly who do not have family or visitors at local nursing homes or low income senior living facilities. Prior to collection these boxes were decorated and placed at various stores, businesses including church and school. The response from the community was amazing and over 1000 items were collected in support of the cause. After successful collection of these Christmas items nursing nursing homes and senior living communities were contacted and those who often find them selves lonely during the Christmas holidays all of a sudden became overwhelmed by the Christmas spirit. Aubrey says the best part of this project was looking at all the smiling faces as they walked away. Aubrey would also like to thank the many families at Holy Cross who assisted her with donations and support to make this possible.

Congratulations, Aubrey! Keep up the amazing work!

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