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Bellaire Girl Scout develops Chinese class for middle school students to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Samantha L. developed three introductory Chinese classes for middle school students 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 improved my leadership and teaching skills,” said Samantha, a senior at St. Thomas Episcopal.

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 I am interested in promoting a better understanding of the Chinese culture and language,” said Samantha.

For her project, Samantha led a team of volunteers in developing curriculum for three introductory classes to the Chinese language. The classes were designed for middle school students who were interested in learning Chinese as a second language once they moved on to high school. After developing the classes, Samantha then led her volunteers in hosting the classes that were attended by many middle school students.

“Samantha matured in her thinking and understanding of teaching and everything that is required to be successful at it,” said Beverly L., Samantha’s mother.

Samantha has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At St. Thomas Episcopal she is a member of theater and choir. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study archeology.

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