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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout holds Special Art Olympics to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Oct. 1, 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Nicole S. held two Special Art Olympics for resident of The Center, an agency promoting independence for people with disabilities, 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.

“Not only did the residents of The Center love working with us and appreciate the opportunity to use their own creativity, but it was also a heart-warming first opportunity for some of the volunteers to work with people with special needs,” says Nicole, a 2010 graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. “It seemed volunteers enjoyed the Special Art Olympics as much as the participants.”

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.

“The idea for the Special Art Olympics came from Mr. David Butler, and art teacher at Spring Branch Middle School,” explains Nicole. “Several years ago, Mr. Butler held a Special Art Olympics for students in SPISD, where I was a volunteer and saw what a great idea it was.”

For the events, she organized nine art stations with spin art, hot wheels painting, water gun art, beading, collages, hand print collages, sponge painting, face painting and marble art. The Olympics lasted two hours each and included 30 participants.

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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