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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout helps dyslexic children read to earn Gold Award

BAYTOWN (March 8, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Courtney P. organized a program to help dyslexic children read 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 it takes a great deal of communication and leadership to teach these kids on a level that they can understand and benefit from,” says Courtney, a junior at Robert E. Lee 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.

“My brothers have dyslexia,” explains Courtney. “I had to watch them struggle throughout school while school came easy for me. I wanted to help as many children as I could who struggle with the same reading disability.”

For her project, Courtney and her volunteers made tapes of themselves reading books to give to a local elementary school. The tapes will be paired with the elementary school’s books to assist students in recognizing words while they read along with the story.

“[Courtney learned] courage and discipline to follow through with a project,” says Michele Poole, Courtney’s mother.

At Robert E. Lee High School, Courtney is involved in the National Honor Society, Key Club, Interact and band. Following graduation, she plans to pursue her bachelor’s of science degree at Texas A&M University to become a nurse anesthetist.

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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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