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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout hosts festivals for Star of Hope to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Oct. 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Kelsey Pearson hosted an international festival for the children of Star of Hope to earn 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.

“I learned to have lots of patience because things didn’t always go according to plan,” says Kelsey, a recent graduate of Episcopal High School.

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 more than 100 service hours and 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.

“Because I grew up overseas, I know it’s important to learn about other cultures,” explains Kelsey as to why she chose the project. “This was a way I could teach kids about culture and make sure they had a fun time doing it.” Kelsey taught children about several festivals held around the world: Chinese New Year; Boys’ and Girls’ Day in Japan; and the Carnival of Venice. For each culture, Kelsey planned craft activities and made cultural dishes for the children to taste.

“I think one of her favorite parts of the project was working with the children of Star of Hope,” says Carol Pearson, Kelsey’s mother. “She was amazed how after completing a craft, they would ask if they could take it home or show their parents. She realized she had made a difference and brightened the life of a child.”

At Episcopal High School, Kelsey participated in National Honor Society, Chinese Club, French Club and band. She is currently attending Southern Methodist University studying history.

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