Girl Scout teaches conservation, earns Gold Award
HOUSTON (Aug. 17, 2011) – Girl Scout Rachel F. educated elementary students about water conservation and implemented a recycling program 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.
“Through this project, I began to realize how intriguing water systems in underdeveloped nations are and how much I enjoy watching kids learn,” says Rachel, a 2011 graduate of Stratford 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.“Not only did I feel a connection to my former school, Valley Oaks, but I also wanted to do a project that impacted a large community,” explains Rachel. “Teaching kids these lessons are so important because they are the people who can change the issues in society.”
For her project, Rachel performed water-related science experiments and organized activities to teach more than 600 students at Valley Oaks Elementary water conservation. In the “Walk for Water” event, students went on a hike to fill a liter water bottle to simulate the trek children in Kenya take to get fresh water. In addition, Rachel provided recycling bins in the school cafeteria, recruited monitors and promoted recycling with posters and commercials to create a new recycling program in the school.
“Rachel discovered she had a passion for educating people about global awareness issues,” says Lisa F., Rachel’s mother. “She had to organize, problem-solve, document and physically complete the activities. She now knows she can accomplish whatever she sets her mind to, including joining the Peace Corp following college.”
At Stratford High School, Rachel held leadership positions in National Honor Society, Charitable Aide Reaching Everyone (CARE) club and yearbook. In the fall, she will attend the University of Virginia to study engineering.
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 76,000 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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