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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout creates program for the elderly to earn Gold Award

TEXAS CITY (Dec. 13, 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Mary (Jordan) H. organized a week-long program for residents of a nursing home 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 the importance of communication,” says Jordan, a senior at St. Agnes Academy. “Taking time to connect with others is worth it.”

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 my grandmother lived in that nursing home years ago, and I always felt a special connection to it,” explains Jordan. “I also really like hearing about others’ life journeys.”

Each day for a week, Jordan visited the home and led about 15 residents in activities that included painting, baking and arts and crafts.

“Jordan learned the value of the time and effort required to effect change within a community,” says Rae Hill, Jordan’s mother. “Jordan has become more self-disciplined, motivated and goal oriented in her academic endeavors and personal life.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Jordan has earned her Silver and Bronze awards and has volunteered to help other Girl Scouts complete their Gold Award projects. At St. Agnes Academy, she is involved in several clubs including the Diversity Club and is an honor roll student. Following graduation, she hopes to attend college to study creative writing and English.

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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