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Betsy Denson
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or 1-800-392-4340, ext. 1236

Local Girl Scouts Complete Community Service Projects to Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award

Girl Scouts Karynne B., Sonya C. and Kimberlee G. have completed all the requirements to receive the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.

It is a significant honor to earn the Gold Award. Girl Scouts who earn this award have demonstrated leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete all the requirements for the award. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. A major component of earning the Gold Award is planning and completing a Gold Award Project that is a service to the community.

Karynne B. conducted workshops to teach her peers how to become successful leaders and how to communicate effectively. “I brought in speakers and also asked the students to participate in a community service project with a local nursing home,” said Karynne. “I wanted the participants to learn that they are in control of their destinies, and to use the voices that they have to pave their way.”

“I learned that organization is essential in order for any event to be successful and to be prepared for the unexpected,” said Karynne.

Sonya C. tutored grade school students in reading and mathematics. She worked with students in first through fifth grades on their homework. Her tutoring program focused on under privileged children who needed extra encouragement to stay in school and be successful. “They no longer were discouraged by homework that they had not been able to complete,” said Sonya. “I was always there to help them.”

Sonya gained a new perspective after working with the children for several weeks. “Not all children are given as many great opportunities as I have been given. And, not all children are given the gift of education,” she said. “I really appreciate getting an education now and all that my parents have done for me.”

Kimberlee G. hosted a “Heart Healthy Fair” to bring awareness to cardiovascular disease. She worked with a team of eight doctors, six nurses, a personal trainer as well as pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and the American Heart Association.

“The nurses provided free blood pressure checks and the doctors and other representatives were available to provide information and answer questions,” said Kimberlee. “I also hosted a blood drive with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.” Her blood drive collected enough blood to save the lives of 45 people.

After studying heart disease in her Health Science class she was compelled to act by the statistics on fatality due to this disease. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death in this country. It also affects African American women more than any other group,” said Kimberlee. She was also shocked to find that heart disease could be traced in her family for four generations.

In addition to learning her family’s medical history, Kimberlee also discovered some things about herself through the completion of this project. “I learned that I am able to accomplish anything if I am willing to put in the necessary time and effort, and that giving back to the community is a good feeling,” she said.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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