Girl Scout holds camp at area elementary school to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Esperanza G. developed and held two day camps for first and second grade students at Wainwright Elementary 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 important reading is for children's future success," said Esperanza, a sophomore at St. Agnes Academy. "Research shows it may be the most important indicator of success in early childhood education."

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 the principal at Wainwright, Dr. John Barrera, identified high frequency word learning as a major need at the school," said Esperanza.

For her project, Esperanza led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting the day camp. Activities all centered on teaching students high frequency words to enhance their reading skills. All students received a literacy kit, put together by Esperanza, containing flashcards, worksheets and a book of their choice to take home. Sixty students attended the camp.

"Esperanza learned project management, planning, networking, organizing a multi-step event and public speaking skills," said Christopher G., Esperanza's father. "She also developed her artistic skills by making all the pieces needed for her event."

Esperanza has been a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years. At St. Agnes Academy she is a member of Key Club and takes horseback riding lessons at Foxfire Farms, where she has won several ribbons. Following graduation Esperanza plans to attend college to study animal science.

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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