Girl Scout entertains senior citizens to earn Gold Award
SUGARLAND (March 8, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Alisha M. organized two days of entertainment for senior citizens at a local nursing home 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 developed leadership qualities I can use in my daily life,” says Alisha, a senior at I. H. Kempner High School. “I also realized that I can bring a change in a person’s life.”
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.
“When I engage seniors in an activity or craft, it gives their mind something to do and makes them less depressed,” explains Alisha. “Seniors should be valued. They have seen the world and are more experienced in certain matters.”
For her project, Alisha organized games such as Bingo, crafts and activities for seniors on the first day. On the second day, Alisha and her volunteers threw the seniors a Halloween Party with music, decorations and fun activities.
“I saw my daughter growing day-by-day in Girl Scouts,” says Rozina Mukadam, Alisha’s mother. “After this Gold Award project, she has shown that she has developed all the leadership skills and she has grown into a beautiful caring woman.”
As a Girl Scout, Alisha is a patrol leader for Brownies. At I. H. Kempner High School, Alisha is involved in the MPA Club and debate and has received the Presidential Service Award. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to pursue a degree in 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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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