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Crystal Simmons

Girl Scout teaches music in Peru to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (May 27, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Rachel M. traveled to Peru to teach music to underprivileged children, earning her 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 to appreciate what I have and never underestimate the value of music in someone’s life,” says Rachel, a junior at Houston Christian 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 I love working with children, and I love music,” explains Rachel.

During her trip, Rachel taught 60 children in vacation Bible school how to play English and Spanish songs on recorders and led the children in songs twice per day. She also donated 60 recorders to the children in the program and 60 more to the church.

“Rachel has always had a special love for children,” says Bill Moore, Rachel’s father. “As we watched her use this love to prepare her Gold Award project, we saw the growth in how she approached children. She was adding to care-giving her desire to help children learn and grow.”

At Houston Christian High School, Rachel is the student conductor in orchestra, the team captain in field hockey and is involved in softball. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to major in elementary 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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