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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout holds dance clinic for underprivileged to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Oct. 1, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Sara R. held a dance clinic for underprivileged children 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 that leadership skills are very important to have and that they will be great assets in my career,” says Sara, a 2010 graduate of Memorial High School.

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.

“I chose this project because I wanted to address the issues of poverty and childhood obesity,” explained Sara. “I wanted to introduce dance to underprivileged children as a fun, inexpensive way to exercise.”

Sara’s dance clinic was held over the course of four days. Each two hour session saw more than 30 children in attendance. Sara led volunteers in teaching the children stretching, warm-up exercises and different styles of dancing. She also addressed the importance of healthy living, including exercising regularly and eating healthy. Finally, she had a professional ballet dancer visit with the students.

“We are extremely proud of Sara,” says Linda R., Sara’s mother. “She worked very hard to organize and put on a dance clinic that would be valuable experience in the lives of these children.”

At Memorial High School, Sara was a member of Mustang Mentors, student council, basketball, drill team, track, volleyball and National Honor Society. She was also valedictorian of her class and an active member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. Sara is currently attending Texas A&M University to study business administration and Spanish and plans to get a masters in accounting.

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

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