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Local Girl Scouts Helped Children in the Community to Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award
Four Bellaire area Girl Scouts: Patricia B., Jana H., Lisa F. and Deepa R. have completed all the requirements to earn the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.
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.
Patricia B. utilized her athletic skills to improve the self-esteem of children at the Star of Hope (SOH) Transitional Living Center. “I began playing soccer when I was a little girl,” said Brackendorff. “When I found out that the children at Star of Hope needed to build their self-esteem I knew I could teach them how through my experiences in soccer.”
Patricia, a senior at Bellaire High School, organized a one-day soccer clinic with the help of 16 volunteers. The clinic worked with more than 50 children staying at the center. At the end of the day, the participating children received a T-shirt and a certificate featuring their picture. “Through this experience,” said Brackendorff. “I learned how to push through stress and frustration to be a better leader.”
Jana H. also worked with children at SOH making patriotic wreaths, and then putting them on the graves of veterans at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day. “I now realize how much young children in homeless shelters lack the normal everyday life that some of us take for granted,” said Hemann.
Jana, a Bellaire High School senior, and more than 20 volunteers spent a very special day with 30 children during this patriotic celebration.
Lisa F.’s love for the arts led her to teach children art history in an after school program at Valley West Elementary. “I love the arts, so being able to share it with kids that I care for is something that really made me feel good,” said Lisa.
The after school program spanned from October to May, meeting once a week. Lisa, a recent Bellaire High School graduate, had more than 25 volunteers helping out, and presented the lessons she wrote to the teachers at the school. “I was so excited to teach the children art appreciation,” said Lisa.
Deepa R. grew up dancing and decided to share this passion with an international dance camp. “Dancing has given me an appreciation for my culture, as well as the cultures of others,” said Deepa. “I wanted to provide the same opportunity to other girls.”
Deepa, a Bellaire High School senior, and seven volunteers organized the week long camp. She taught eight students the history and choreography of dances ranging from salsa to hip-hop. “I was proud when I realized that I have the skills to plan such a big event,” said Deepa.
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