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Bellaire Girl Scout works with Center for Hearing and Speech to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Abigail S. created 26 speech sound boxes for the Center for Hearing and Speech 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 how to come up with an idea, develop a plan and execute it with the help of a number of volunteers,” said Abigail, a senior at St. Agnes Academy. “I also learned how to adjust my plan when issues arose.”

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 the Center for Hearing and Speech was an important place to me that I knew I wanted to work with based off my mom’s experience with hearing impaired children,” said Abigail.

For her project, Abigail led her team of volunteers in creating boxes that each contained 20-30 sound-specific trinkets and games for the trinkets to create speech sound boxes. The boxes will be used by hearing impaired children to help reinforce speech and reading skills.

“It was amazing to see how Abigail started this project from the very beginning and had to work through all the steps, not only creating ideas, but then instructing and leading her volunteers on carrying out her vision,” said Kim S., Abigail’s mother.

Abigail has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At St. Agnes Academy she is a member of soccer, Spanish Club, campus ministry and multiple honor societies. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study biomedical engineering.

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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 www.gssjc.org.

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