Spring Girl Scout teaches elementary students about recycling to earn Gold Award

Spring, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Keisha Vopat held a recycling workshop for elementary school students at Alexander’s Academy to earn Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

"I learned that recycling was even easier than I had originally thought and how many things in everyday life can be recycled," said Keisha, a senior at Spring 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 recycling has always been important to me," said Keisha. "After working and volunteering with the kids at Alexander's Academy, I started to notice how much materials and supplies they wasted. I knew I needed to teach the kids a new way to look at trash."

For her project, Keisha researched recycling facts and created a program elementary students could understand and relate to. She then led her team of volunteers in presenting the information to students at Alexander's Academy and created activity books and a coloring contest to get the kids excited about recycling.

"Keisha has learned how to take her own idea and make it a reality," said Kimberly Vopat, Keisha's mother. "By organizing, planning and working hard, she was able to use her own simple ways to relate to the kids to make learning easy for them. She has become a leader in all aspects of her life, and she is confident and knows that she can do anything she works for."

Keisha has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has been a member of GSSJC's drill team, the Green Starlettes. At Spring High School she is a member of the volleyball team. She is a member of her neighborhood’s swim team, the Lexington Woods Water Rascals, and has volunteered for several years at Alexander’s Academy. Following graduation she plans to attend junior college to earn her associates degree, with plans to transfer to Stephen F. Austin State University to study child development and education.

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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