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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout holds mainstreaming workshops to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (April 4, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Leslie M. helped students with learning differences at The Joy School return to mainstream school 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 how to organize and mostly how to get volunteers to do things,” says Leslie, a junior at Mirabeau B. Lamar High School. “It was harder than I thought it would be.”

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 wanted to help other people,” explains Leslie. “Understanding what it was like to live with learning differences, I created the special workshops.”

Leslie held two three-hour workshops that prepared students and their parents for mainstream school. The project required her to recruit alumni from TJS to speak to students, create informational flyers and develop an agenda for the workshops. She had about 50 students and 10 parents attend the workshops.

“The Gold Award has been great for Leslie,” says Sydney Morrow, Leslie’s mother. “She has gotten a lot of feedback on it. She has been contacted by the community education department at Channel 8 and may be doing some speaking for them.”

At Mirabeau B. Lamar High School, Leslie is active in the FFA program, holding two officer positions, reporter and student advisor. Following graduation, she plans to attend Texas A&M University to study agriculture and secondary education.

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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