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Local Girl Scout Creates After School Art Program to Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award
Due to her love for the arts and a passion for education, Ariel G. established an art program for the students of Jennie Reid Elementary School, in order to complete all the requirements to earn the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.
“I wanted to combine my love of art and fill a need for art education in this elementary school,” said Ariel.
It is a significant honor to earn the Gold Award. Girl Scouts who earn this award have demonstrated leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete all the requirements for the award. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. A major component of earning the Gold Award is planning and completing a Gold Award Project that is a service to the community.
Ariel, a senior at Deer Park High School, worked with the La Porte elementary school twice a week for two hours, during the spring semester. She taught art history and technique to the students and provided opportunities for the participants to express themselves creatively. “I learned that it only takes one person with a vision to inspire many,” said Ariel. “The greatest success in life comes from helping others.”
Ariel is enjoying her last year in high school and plans on studying art in college.
Girl Scouts of the USA, (GSUSA) is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as 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 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information on Girl Scouts, membership or volunteer opportunities, call 713-292-0300 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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