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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout teaches art history, earns Gold Award

HOUSTON (June 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Emily R. taught art history to underprivileged 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 much fun education and community service are,” says Emily, a recent graduate of the Kinkaid 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 wanted to share my love of art with others,” explains Emily.

Emily led 10 volunteers in teaching art history to children at the Rutabaga Program. She was able to bring in outside teachers as well as create her how curriculum. Emily and her volunteers taught the students about surrealism, print-making and pointillism. At the end of the classes, Emily created a group project where parents came in to watch the children create a large-scale piece of artwork. She also arranged for the student’s work to be put on display for one month at Watercolor Arts Society-Houston.

As a Girl Scout, Emily also received the Silver Award. At The Kinkaid School she was involved with visual arts and received several awards for her work. This fall she will attend Wesleyan University to study visual arts and film studies.

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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