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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout encourages students to read, earns Gold Award

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (March 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Brittany M. promoted reading as Wells ISD 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 that people in my community respect me and my ideas,” says Brittany, a senior at Wells 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 have a love for learning that many students do not possess,” explains Brittany as to why she chose the project. “I wanted to inspire students to love reading at an early age.”

To promote reading, Brittany and her volunteers redesigned the library to create a more functional, kid-friendly space. She reorganized furniture, raised parental awareness about reading and collected over 1,000 new books for the library.

“We observed Brittany growing as a leader,” says Dale M., Brittany’s father. “She will use skills learned from this project to lead even greater endeavors in the future.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Brittany has earned her Bronze and Silver Awards and she is a Program Aide at Camp Whispering Pines. At Wells High School, she is a member of cross country, basketball, softball, student council and president of National Honor Society. Following graduation, she plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University to study math.

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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