Bellaire Girl Scout hosts cultural enrichment workshop to earn Gold Award

Bellaire, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Carrie J. hosted a cultural enrichment workshop for deaf middle school 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 to manage time efficiently and communicate well in ways other than speech," said Carrie, a junior at Bellaire 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 chose this project because I sympathized with the disabled," said Carrie.

For her project, Carrie led a team of volunteers in developing, planning and hosting a cultural enrichment workshop for deaf middle school students. The workshop included cultural presentations as well as math tutorials for the students. These sessions were held four days a week over a three-week period with approximately 15 students attending each session.

Carrie has been a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years and has also earned her Silver Award. At Bellaire High School she is a member of the student newspaper, student government, National Honor Society and French National Honor Society. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study business administration.

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

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