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Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient Shares Her Love of Reading with Thousands
Senior Girl Scout Sophie H. merged two of her passions - children and books - to earn the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award. With help of her self-recruited volunteers, she organized the donation of more than 20,000 books to several organizations while facilitating a reading program for children ages three to seven.
"We asked children to bring books during a four-week period during which we met two times a week. The children were accompanied by their parents and were divided by age," said Sophie. "The session was two hours. During the first hour we read books and then for the second hour we made crafts that related to the books we had read. All the groups joined together during the last 30 minutes to have a snack and to show off their crafts.
This project allowed all parties involved to learn something, especially Sophie, who discovered that helping the few also helps everyone. "I feel my whole community was impacted by this project, including the children, their parents, and the organizations we donated the books to," said Sophie.
The project took place at the youth building at St. Max church which allowed enough space for Sophie and her group of volunteers to spread out their collection of 20,000 books and to sort them into three categories, children, young adults, and adults. Sophie and her volunteers spent many hours crouching and crawling on the floor organizing stacks and stacks of books.
Sophie is a senior at Jersey Village High School and plans on attending Texas A&M University majoring in Communications.
It is a significant honor to earn Girl Scouting's highest achievement, 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 Girl Scouts and/or the community.
Girl Scouts of the USA 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.
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