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Local Girl Scout Teaches Water Safety and Earns the Gold Award

Drowning is the second most common cause of death from injuries among children under the age of 14. For Girl Scout Hana N., the desire to keep children safe around the water was the motivation for her Gold Award project. Hana put on a water safety program as the Jewish Community Center, Windsor Village Church and Briar Village Pool.

"I selected this project because there have been at least 18 drownings in the Houston area this year," says Hana. "I felt that children needed to be taught basic rules to prevent future tragedies."

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.

Hana's mother is appreciative of how her daughter benefited from this project. "I think Hana learned patience and dedication in working on this project," says Tangie N. Hana’s leadership, communication skills, and ability to engage the children was outstanding. I have seen a big change in her organizational and planning skills."

Hana, who attends Westside High School, plans to attend either Howard University or Florida A&M and major in pharmacy.

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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