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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout promotes teen literacy, earns Gold Award

HOUSTON (June 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Laura E. created a book club at her school to promote literacy 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 to communicate and interact with adults,” says Laura, a graduate of St. Thomas Episcopal School. “I now know how to manage my time between school, friends and Girl Scouts. I know from this experience if I set a goal, I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.”

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 saw there was a need for a book club at my high school,” explains Laura. “This project encompassed one of my favorite hobbies. It was a perfect fit.”

Laura’s book club, called Page Turners, met regularly over the course of a year. Members discussed books, movies based on books, characters, writing styles and literary genres at their meetings. The club also held a book drive benefitting an HISD elementary school.

As a member of Girl Scouts, Laura was involved in Senior Senate, Puppetry Troupe and served in many leadership roles including Council delegate-at-large and girl member of the board of directors. At St. Thomas, Laura received many academic awards. She also volunteered with M.D. Anderson and the Houston Public Library.

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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