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Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient Teaches Children Safety Awareness

Rebecca R. planned an event, called Safety 101, to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. During four different rotations, Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Internet Safety, Personal Safety and Law Enforcement, the participants learned of potential dangers and how to avoid them.

"It just seemed to me that safety issues were increasing so much in our society and I wanted to better inform kids," said Rebecca. "I felt it was important to show kids the effect that drugs and alcohol abuse can have on a person and their family. I also wanted to give them and their parents information on how to make the Internet safer."

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 Girl Scouts and/or the community.

Rebecca also recruited volunteers to help her with her community service project. "We all learned so much doing this project. There is so much more that we need to be aware of at our age to keep us safe," said Rebecca.

Currently, Rebecca attends Cy-Ridge High School. Upon high school graduation this year, she plans to attend Sam Houston University majoring in Criminal Justice.

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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