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Crystal Simmons

Girl Scout teaches oral hygiene to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (May 27, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Gabriella D. taught children dental hygiene 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.

“As a result of this project, I learned a lot about myself,” says Gabriella, a junior at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. “I learned that I have strong leadership skills and that I’m very good with school-aged kids, stronger than I had imagined. I also learned that my level of patience is unlimited.”

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 to do oral hygiene for my project because I noticed most of my community had hygiene issues, such as good grooming, weight, etc., but oral hygiene sparked my interest the most,” explains Gabriella.

For her project, Gabriella and her assistants taught children about good dental hygiene through presentations and inter-active activities. Her goal was for the children to adopt a good dental regime that they could engage in twice daily.

“Gabbi has learned a great deal from this project,” says Kim and Earvin Denson, Gabriella’s parents. “She has mostly learned the importance of organization and commitment. She has developed stronger leadership skills and become more aware of her community and commitment to society.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Gabriella serves on several committees and is a member of The Voice. At the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Gabriella is involved in student government, Business Professionals of American and Active Black Council. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study anthropology, black history or psychology.

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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