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Clear Lake Girl Scout teaches reading skills to peers to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (September, 2013) – Girl Scout Ashley A. taught students in grades 6-12 how to better their reading skills 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 serious [a problem] illiteracy is in my community,” said Ashley, a junior at Clear Lake 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 love to read and was taught at a young age that reading will lead to success,” said Ashley. “It is important to be able to read to survive in our society.”

For her project, Ashley led her team of volunteers in teaching students in grades 6-12 how to choose the best book for their reading level. She hoped by providing her peers with this service, they would be inclined to read more often. She also collected books to donate to the students that participated in her reading program – approximately 500 students in all.

“Ashley is a truly dedicated and hard-working individual who has great drive and will accomplish anything she wants,” said Elizabeth A., Ashley’s mother.

Ashley has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and also participates in GSSJC’s sailing program, Mariners. At Clear Lake High School she is a member of cross-country, National Honor Society, Assisteens and Harry Potter Club. Following graduation, Ashley plans to attend college to study medicine.

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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 62,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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