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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout finds some ‘Knifty Knitters’ to earn Gold Award

MISSOURI CITY, Texas (Nov. 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Laura S. held classes called “Knifty Knitting Kids” at the Towne Creek School and Star of Hope to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I learned patience and organization,” says Laura, a recent graduate of Hightower High School. “I would observe the child’s behavior before and after I taught them how to knit. Before, each child was always a bit wild, but after they got the hang of knitting, it was amazing to see the transformation.”

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

“My project benefitted the community in many ways,” explains Laura. “The children I taught increased their patience and listening skills and each time they finished a hat or scarf, they felt an immense sense of pride, accomplishment and self-worth.”

In total, Laura taught 12 classes at Town Creek and five classes at the Star of Hope. She had over 30 participants and at the end of her project, Laura donated left-over supplies to the school and shelter for future use.

“Laura really enjoyed working with the children,” says Robert S., Laura’s father. “She really connected with the children and enjoyed the responsibility of teaching them a new skill.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Laura earned her Bronze and Silver Awards and was a program aide trained to work in the GSSJC equitation program. Laura is currently attending Trinity University studying pre-med.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and 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 more than 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.