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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout promotes bike safety, earns Gold Award

CYPRESS, Texas (March 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Nathalie K. promoted bike safety through pamphlets and a workshop 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 every little thing you do can make a difference,” says Nathalie, a senior at Cypress Woods 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.

“As a competitive cyclist, I have lost many friends to accidents with cars,” explains Nathalie as to why she chose the project. “I hoped to do whatever I could to help other riders, especially kids.”

The first part of Nathalie’s project consisted of creating a bike safety pamphlet, which she distributing in her community via schools, bike shops and individuals. She also held a one-day bike safety workshop at a local park where she helped the kids learn to ride their bikes and advance their skills on the road and trails. Finally, Nathalie met with groups of children who could not attend the workshop and taught them biking skills individually. In all, she helped 30 kids.

“Nathalie learned to plan well but to be flexible, especially when working with children,” says Nathalie’s mother. “I’m proud of how she continues to give her time to help any child who needs help learning to ride a bike safely.”

At Cypress Woods, Nathalie is a member of track, orchestra and theater. She has also received numerous cycling awards, including being named a two-time Mountain Bike State Champion and 2008 Mountain Bike National Champion. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study exercise science.

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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