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Bellaire Girl Scout authors books for DePelchin Children’s Center to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (September, 2013) – Girl Scout Madeline F. wrote and produced Spanish/English story and coloring books for children at the DePelchin Children’s Center 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 it’s a good idea to be extra prepared and have more volunteers than needed,” said Madeline, a senior at Bellaire High School. “When I solicited help from businesses, some totally ignored my request. I learned to keep trying and persevere until I found a business willing to support my project.”

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 wanted to provide enjoyment for children who may not be having an ideal childhood, and I wanted to use my creativity in the process,” said Madeline.

For her project, Madeline led her team of volunteers in planning, authoring and presenting her Spanish/English story to children at DePelchin. In a single book, children were able to follow along in one language while learning the other. This helped aid Spanish speakers in learning English and taught English speakers Spanish. By writing a story, Madeline also hoped to provide the children with a new world to imagine themselves in and enjoy.

“I was happy to see Madeline was able to resourcefully combine her creativity and Spanish studies in her project,” said Serena F., Madeline’s mother. “She has gained confidence from having to work with many adults during the project. I’m also proud of her tenacity; even when she did not get the responses she had hoped, she kept at it and finally found the right people that were willing to help.”

Madeline has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Bellaire High School she is a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Spanish Club. Outside of school, she volunteers at St. Luke’s Hospital and Ten Thousand Villages. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study medicine.

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