Girl Scout creates books on tape to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Erin N. created recordings of books on tape for children at the Oaks of Bissonnet apartment complex 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 work with people, how to recruit volunteers, how to work with other people's schedules, and how to work with authority figures," said Erin, a junior at Duchesne Academy.

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 really enjoy working with kids," said Erin. "When I was little my mom read to me a lot, and I wanted these kids to have someone reading to them."

For her project, Erin led volunteers in selecting children's books to record at the Taping for the Blind studios. She then worked to burn all the recordings to individual CDs and created a display for the books and CDs that would be placed in the apartment office for children to visit.

"Erin learned what is involved in heading up a big project," said Noel N., Erin's mother. "She gained valuable leadership and organizational skills. I also think she gained some insight into the situations of those less fortunate. Seeing such a big project through to fruition was a great confidence builder also."

Erin has been a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Duchesne Academy she is a member of choir and theater. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study nursing.

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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.



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