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Spring Girl Scout creates book club for children with Down syndrome to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON, Texas (October, 2013) – Girl Scout Amy V. created and hosted a book club for children with Down syndrome 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 helping a person with Down syndrome is fun and that some kids need more help than others,” said Amy, a senior at Klein 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 my brother who has Down syndrome inspired me to help others,” said Amy.
For her project, Amy led a team of volunteers in organizing and hosting a book club during a one-year period for children with Down syndrome. In addition to bettering their reading skills, book club members also had the chance to learn valuable social skills by interacting with each other and discussing the books they read.
“Amy worked very hard on her project and was excited to see how her book club members benefited from her efforts,” said Hillary V., Amy’s mother. “She led each meeting with confidence and a positive attitude. This helped her hone her leadership skills.”
Amy has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and also earned her Silver Award. At Klein High School she is a member of STARS (Student Teens Aiding Resource Students). Outside of school she volunteers with Special Olympics. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study either education or marketing.
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