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Local Girl Scout Helps Pediatric Cancer Patients To Earn Girl Scouts Highest Honor, the Gold Award

Local Girl Scout Kelli W. recognized the need for a distraction at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and responded with a books-on-CD program, while completing all the requirements to receive the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, the Gold Award.

Kelli W., a junior at Incarnate Word Academy, has always loved reading and when it came time to organize her project she knew that she wanted share this passion with children. “Reading is very important to me,” said Kelli W. “Many children don’t get the chance to be read to on a regular basis.”

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.

Kelli W. and her 20 volunteers spent two months recording children’s books onto CD at the Taping for the Blind, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “Turn Sight into Sound.” She and her volunteers recorded more than 20 books in both English and Spanish. They also created specialized CD labels, gift bags and CD player carrying cases.

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 more than 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

GSSJC Pluralism Statement
Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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