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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout encourages literacy to earn Gold Award

PASADENA (Jan. 26, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Kortnie B. made literacy bags for children at the Salvation Army 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 from my project that you can help kids in ways that are fun and get them to learn creatively,” says Kortnie, a senior at Pasadena Memorial 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 felt like the children would see my project as a fun way to get them interested in reading” explains Kortnie.

Kortnie led nine volunteers in making literacy bags for 70 children. In her literacy bag, she included a book, puppet, craft and decorated book bag. She also had a volunteer read to the children while they received their bags.

“My daughter has learned that organization is the key to any endeavor,” says Tammy Cowan, Kortnie’s mother. “She has learned that hard work and persistence will pay off in the end. Kortnie has become a model employee at her job and a great role model for her younger brother and sister. But, most of all, Kortnie has learned throughout that giving to your community is vital and rewarding.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Kortnie enjoys serving as a mentor for younger troops. At Pasadena Memorial High School, she was an Honor Roll student and a member of the French Club and swim team. Following graduation, she plans to attend San Jacinto Community College to get the prerequisites to become a teacher.

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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