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"Child's Play" Earns Local Girl Scout the Gold Award

Entertaining and educating a four-year old is hard work. Teaching 15 of them was the Gold Award project of Auria J. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Auria worked with a group of youngsters at the YMCA, helping them learn to read and also performing a play that she had written for the children.

"I learned that I liked working with kids," says Auria. "I got to do something I loved and earn my Gold Award doing it." 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.

Auria's mother is pleased with what the experience has given her daughter. "She seems more focused and more certain about what she wants to achieve in life now," says Cheryl J.

Auria, who attends Lamar High School, is on the varsity volleyball team and received a Houston Chronicle Player to Watch mention in 2006. She plans to attend the University of Houston and major in business.

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.

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 over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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