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Katie Moyer
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Local Girl Scouts Assist Community to Earn Girl Scouts Gold Award

SUGAR LAND, Texas (May 21, 2008) – Local Girl Scouts Amber C., Mallory C., and Jennifer and Stephanie B. worked to make a difference in their communities to complete all the requirements to receive the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

For the many people with speech or hearing impairments, sign language is a main form of interpersonal communication. Amber, a senior at the Fort Bend Baptist Academy, understood the need for sign language interpreters because of her involvement in her school’s American Sign Language club. She shared her passion of sign language with the community through a weeklong workshop.

“By sharing my knowledge of deaf culture, I feel that I’ve encouraged others in my community to become more involved,” said Amber, who taught the participants the basics of the American Sign Language and also shared a little bit about the deaf way of life. “I now have confidence in my leadership skills,” she said.

Mallory, a senior at Elkins High School, partnered with the Houston Museum of Natural Science for a one-day “Science is Everywhere” workshop. She recruited a dozen volunteers and showcased the different aspects of science in everyday life, such as the chemical composition of a bubble.

“I came to realize that many people in my community were unaware of the affects of science around them,” said Mallory. “Many people have limited knowledge of basic science concepts, leading them to misinformed conclusions.”

More than 30 children attended her workshop and broadened their knowledge of science. Mallory also collected science supplies for the museum’s education outreach program. “Kids are flexible and unpredictable,” she said. “When planning activities, more supplies are always needed than expected.”

Jennifer B., a junior at Willowridge High School, created two one-day camps to enlighten people about living a healthy lifestyle. She plays on the school’s basketball and golf teams and was excited to share her passion for fitness.

“I know how important it is to stay fit and healthy,” she said. “I wanted to teach people how to maintain healthy exercise and eating habits.”

The day camps attracted more than 25 participants, who learned small exercises they could incorporate into their everyday routines. They also learned how to make healthy snacks and maintain a balanced diet. Her older sister also achieved the Gold Award.

Stephanie B., a senior at Willowridge High School, focused her efforts on juvenile and consumer law. She recruited two volunteers and set up two short workshops for people in her community. “I’m interested in law,” she said. “I thought it would be helpful to my community to share a few facts regarding juvenile and consumer law practices.”

She wanted to alert the community about the new policies regarding truancy, curfew and teenage driving and how these laws can affect your future. She also wanted to teach the community about a new lemon law, which provides assistance to consumers with repeated car repair problems. More than 25 community members attended the workshops. “I learned how to work under pressure and improve my communication skills,” she said.

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. 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.

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