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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout holds Safety Awareness Day, earns Gold Award

KLEIN, Texas (March 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Cheryl K. held a Safety Awareness Day for children, including learning first aid and self-defense 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.

“Because I was out of my comfort zone, I have learned that I need to push myself a little harder,” says Cheryl, a senior at Klein 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 had previously taken self defense courses and enjoyed it so much that I felt the community should learn it too,” explains Cheryl.

As part of the project, Cheryl recruited volunteers to help her teach first aid and self defense skills, including a Harris County police officer. As an entrance fee, Cheryl collected canned goods for Northwest Assistance Ministries.

“I’ve seen Cheryl grow with confidence and realize that anything can be done with hard work,” says Jeffery K., Cheryl’s father.

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Cheryl has also earned her Bronze Award. At Klein High School, she is a member of PALS, Future Teachers of America, choir and National Honor Society. Following graduation, Cheryl plans to attend Tomball Community College.

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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