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Sugar Land Girl Scout raises awareness of skin cancer to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Sareema A. hosted a skin cancer awareness booth at a local Junior Olympics event 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 people appreciate effort,” said Sareema, a senior at Kempner High School. “Most of the visitors at my booth didn’t know a thing about skin cancer, but they saw the effort I was making to give out information. They [came over to] talk with me about my project, and I had a chance to inform them about it.”
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.
“I chose this project because skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, but it is also one of the easiest to prevent,” said Sareema. “Simple habits can help decrease your risk. I wanted more people to know about the dangers of skin cancer and learn ways to practice proper sun safety.”
For her project, Sareema led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting her booth at the Junior Olympics event in her neighborhood. She researched skin cancer and created an information brochure to hand out along with sun screen samples. Sareema also held a “Cards for Cancer” day where she invited volunteers to make greeting cards for cancer patients.
“Sareema learned to be persistent,” said Nausheen A., Sareema’s mother. “She had to put in a lot of extra effort to organize the project, and I later saw her apply extra effort to all aspects of her daily life.”
Sareema has been a member of Girl Scouts for four years. At Kempner High School she is a member of Muslim Students Association, Medical Professionals of America, Nation Honor Society and National English Honor Society. She is also an AP Scholar and National Merit Commended Student. Following graduation, Sareema plans to attend college to study psychology.
About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto CouncilGirl 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 www.gssjc.org.
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