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Memorial Girl Scout promotes childhood literacy to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (January 2012) - Girl Scout Erin B. promoted childhood literacy at West Houston Assistance Ministries 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 I have the ability to effectively communicate with others as well as plan, coordinate and carry out a project that involved many stages of development and cooperation," said Erin, a 2012 graduate of the Kinkaid 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 my mom is involved with early childhood education, and I've always had an interest in this field," said Erin. "Knowing that many children is Houston grow up without an abundance of resources or parental assistance, I thought that I would be able to provide parents with the resources they need to help their children be more successful and more prepared for school."

For her project, Erin led a team of volunteers in creating a resource book for parents that discussed the importance of early literacy and identified low cost activities that clients would use as a guide for working with their children. She also created activity books for children to teach concepts such as numbers, colors and shapes. Finally, Erin and her volunteers collected books to donate to WHAM.

"Erin learned the importance of deadlines and planning ahead," said Judy B., Erin's mother. "Setting specific goals helped her to pace herself and accomplish a very large task."

Erin was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At the Kinkaid School she was a member of debate, named to the honor roll and recognized as a Commended National Merit Scholar and AP Scholar. This fall she will attend the University of Texas at Austin.

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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