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Pearland Girl Scout promote literacy through book drive, workshops to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (January 2012) - Girl Scout Kimberly M. hosted a book drive and reading and writing workshop as well as helped organize a local school's library to earn Girl Scouts of the USA's Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

"I learned that young kids learn more when you take time out to show them why learning is important," said Kimberly, a senior this fall at Dawson High School. "They get so much more out of the experience."

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 have a love for reading and writing, and I love children," said Kimberly. "I wanted the kids to understand the importance of these subjects and to also enjoy it."

For her project, Kimberly led her team of volunteers in collecting books, planning and hosting a reading and writing workshop for local children and cleaning an area school's library and coding their books. Following the workshop for children, Kimberly held a reception where the children's autobiographies written in the workshop were showcased. Approximately 40 children participated in the workshop.

"Kimberly learned to be proactive in her efforts," said Kim M., Kimberly's mother. "She learned organization and timeliness. She was determined to complete her project by the deadline, and she succeeded. We are so proud of her."

Kimberly has been a member of Girl Scouts for nine years. At Dawson High School she is a member of cheerleading, student council, track and field and yearbook. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study political science, then hopes to go on to law school.

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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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