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HEAT WAVE Officials offer tips for car safety in the summer heat, - Page lC Hays Free Press July 19, 2017 Page 3B BY SAMANTHA SMITH A local Kyle Girl Scout has been awarded the Gold Award by the Girl Scouts of America organi- zation for the creation of a butterfly habitat at Lake Kyle Park. Valeri Redd, 19, :said she dined Scouts in first grade and has been an active member of the organization for 12 years until she graduated from ......... Lehman High School in May of 2017. "I don't remember why I joined, I was too young," Redd said. "But I do re- member why I stayed. Girl Scouts was a second fam- ily for me. I made lifetime friends there." According to the or- ganization's website, its mission statement encompasses the spirit of strength that it wants young girls to grow up with and nurture into adulthood. Redd said she always had a lot of fun being a Girl Scout and was em- powered as a young girl to discover the possibilities of success within herself. "I learned that young gifts are capable of any- thing and it really helped me to grow as a person and a woman," Redd said. Redd said she cre- ated the serene butterfly habitat at Lake Kyle Park as the focus of her Girl Scout Gold Award Proj- ect which represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting but is not a mandatory requirement of the organization. She said she hopes the new butterfly habitat at Lake Kyle Park will bring back the butterlies in full force amidst a declining population. PHOTO COURTESY OF VALERI REDD Valeri Redd receives recognition for her butterfly garden by Mayor Todd Webster and the Kyle City Council. According to the Girl Scout website, "The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recogniz- ing girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable Take Action projects that have sustainable impacts in their communities - and beyond." Redd said she chose to create a butterfly habitat after learning that the Monarch butterfly popula- tion has decreased by 90% in the last 20 years, not including other declining butterfly populations. "When I learned this I was so shocked that I had to do something," Redd said. ,Tknd it eventually turned into a beautiful, all Texas native garden for my gold award project." As a prerequisite of the Gold Award, Redd had to complete a project for the Silver Award with her Girl Scout troop by planting more than 100 trees and plants at Lake Kyle Park during a previous project. Redd said she chose Lake Kyle Park for her but- terfly habitat because she fell in love with it when her troop planted trees and plants there for their Silver Award and "loved working with their REC team and director Kerry Urbanowicz." Redd said although the Gold Award isn't a require- ment of the organization, it is an award that works as a motivational tool for other girls who want to make "an impacting dif- ference in their communi- ties." "It's also an inspiration and is motivating for girls to see others who have earned their Gold Award, and to see the projects and impacts they've made in their communities," Redd said. STAFFREPORT Before McCormick Middle school opened its doors in 2016, parents were asked their views on a school uniform policy through a survey conducted by the school district. Fifty-two percent of the respondents voted for the school uniforms, but the policy still met with opposition from parents who did not hear of the survey. McCormick principal James Cruz is giving parents another chance to give their opinions on school uniforms and other topics by filling out a survey on the McCormick Middle School web page. 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