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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout spreads health-awareness to earn Gold Award

MONTGOMERY, Texas (Dec. 20, 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Morgan B. organized a health-awareness event for elementary 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] how important it is to have insurance for your children,” says Morgan, a Magnolia High School student. “I am lucky my parents can afford insurance for me.”

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.

“At the event, I had people from [the Children’s Health Insurance Program] CHIPS and Medicaid help parents with children that are uninsured,” explains Morgan. “I talked with Tia Decker from United way, and she told me that Texas leads the nation in uninsured children.”

Morgan hosted four events that each lasted about eight hours at four different elementary schools. She invited speakers to help parents get insurance for their children and experts on nutrition to teach children about healthy eating and exercise. She had about 200 parents take information or sign up for insurance and had about 200 to 400 people attend each event.

At Magnolia High School, Morgan is vice president of the FFA Booster Club and has received the Outstanding Volunteer and Outstanding Leader awards. She plans to attend college and earn a degree in nursing.

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.

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