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Local Girl Scout Helps Kids Read While Earning Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award

Daria D. completed all the requirements to receive the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.

Daria encouraged second graders at Thornwood Elementary to read. She arranged for each second grade class to have a storyteller and organized an arts and crafts project where children created their own bookmark. She also collected gently used books and gave two to each child as well as a brand new book that she gift-wrapped.

“Every child wants to learn when given the opportunity and encouragement,” said Daria.

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.

The event spanned four days, with each day lasting three hours. Ten people, who donated time or resources, assisted Daria. Approximately 100 children were affected by her project.

“It was a huge success,” said Daria’s mother, Janet Dolan. “She learned perseverance, and that hard work pays off.”

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

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