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Memorial Girl Scout hosts reading camp for homeless children to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Madison Z. hosted a reading camp for children at the Westside Homeless Partnership 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 plan for the unexpected and developed better leadership skills,” said Madison, a junior at Memorial High School.

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 enjoy children, and I wanted to encourage children who haven’t had the advantages that I have to read and work hard in school.”

For her project, Madison led her team of volunteers in planning and hosting a three-day reading camp for children at the Westside Homeless Partnership. They made crafts, played games and enjoyed activities that encouraged the children to read. Each child also decorated a canvas bag for carrying books. Finally, Madison and her volunteers collected books and donated them to the children at her camp.

“I am very proud of Madison,” said Laurie Z., Madison’s mother. “She gained valuable leadership experience and learned that through hard work and perseverance, she can accomplish great things.”

Madison has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Memorial High School she is a member of golf, Latin Club, Spirit Club and Mustang Outreach. She is also a member of National Charity League. Following graduation, Madison plans to attend college to study either education of business.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

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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