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Pearland Girl Scout shares dangers of texting while driving to earn Gold Award

December 2011

Houston, TX - Girl Scout Kristin J. raised awareness of the dangers of texting while driving in her community 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 I am more than capable of starting something and finishing it," said Kristin, a 2012 graduate of Dawson 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 texting and driving is becoming a growing trend, and it is a lot more dangerous than people realize," said Kristin. "I figured if I could reach out to just a handful of drivers and get them to reconsider texting and driving, the roads could be a safer place."

For her project, Kristin led a team of volunteers in planning and holding four informational sessions on the dangers of texting while driving. Her project not only informed drivers of the dangers but also showed them the consequences that went along with the action. More than 160 people attended her four sessions.

"Kristin finally grasped the concept that hard work and dedication pays off," said Sylvia J., Kristin's mother. "I have witnessed Kristin become a more confident and goal-driven young lady."

Kristin was a member of Girl Scouts for five years. At Dawson High School she was a member of track, choir, dance and culinary arts. This fall she is attending college to study physical therapy.

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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