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Pearland Girl Scout hosts hurricane preparedness seminar for kids to earn Gold Award

December 2011

Houston, TX - Girl Scout Elizabeth H. hosted a seminar for kids on hurricane preparedness 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 how to work with other organizations, how to speak up and be assertive and how to research information," said Elizabeth, a senior at Incarnate Word Academy this fall. "I also learned how to take the lead on a project and how to follow through to ensure things get done."

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 found out that there was a need for education in my community and not must of it was directed towards educating children on hurricane preparedness," said Elizabeth. "I felt that I could be the one to make a difference."

For her project, Elizabeth led a team of volunteers in creating, planning and hosting her hurricane preparedness seminar. This included writing a play and scripting and directing a video to demonstrate hurricane safety tips appropriate for children. Guest speakers at the seminar also shared tips for children. Finally, each child created his or her own hurricane safety kit. Approximately 50 children attended the seminar.

"Elizabeth learned to be more assertive and to be a leader," said Rita H., Elizabeth's mother. "I was very impressed by her hard work, dedication and persistence."

Elizabeth has been a member of Girl Scouts for nine years. At Incarnate Word Academy, she is a member of dance, drama and Popcorn Leadership. Following graduation she hopes to attend the University of Louisiana in Lafayette to study computer science, physics or English.

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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