Cy-Fair Girl Scout holds safety seminar for children to earn Gold Award

Katy, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Gabrielle B. planned and held a safety seminar for children to educate them on how to deal with strangers 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 that I am very capable of time management and event planning," said Gabrielle, a junior at Cypress Creek 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 abductions and abuse happens, and I am concerned about my community and children that can be taken advantage of," said Gabrielle.

For her project, Gabrielle invited a police officer to speak to a group of more than 35 children about what to do when approached by a stranger. She also collected donations to purchase copies of the book "Let's B Safe" by Brenda Zofrea for all the children that attended her seminar. Following the seminar, Gabrielle led volunteers in entertaining the children with games and fun activities.

"Gabrielle has grown tremendously from this experience," said Sabrina B., Gabrielle's mother. "Her maturity during the preparation and completion of her project increased, and I believe she has learned perseverance through this process and exercised great leadership skills."

Gabrielle has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years and has participated in the Girl Scout Leadership Institute, Speakers Bureau and more. At Cypress Creek High School she is a member of Tri-Music National Honor Society, HOSA, Key Club, student council, Peacemakers, Fashion Club, Spanish Club, orchestra, drill team, choir and Leadership High School. Following graduation she hopes to attend Stanford University to study pre-medicine.

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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