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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout shares love of reading, earns Gold Award

HOUSTON (Oct. 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Marie Sartain created books-on-CD for Gordon Elementary School 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 manage my time and to keep a calendar when scheduling appointments,” says Marie, a student at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

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.

“I chose this project because I love reading, and I wanted to help younger students enjoy reading as much as I do,” explains Marie.

Over a period of 10 months, Marie supervised 30 volunteers who recorded 117 books for elementary school student’s reading levels. As a result of her project, the librarian at Gordon Elementary created an interactive reading center using the books-on-CD.

“Marie has developed better organizational skills as a direct result of her Gold Award project,” says Sharie Sartain, Marie’s mother. “She is more confident in herself.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Marie is a member of the Mariners sailing program and regularly serves on event planning boards. At her school, she is a member of National Honor Society and the “Name That Book” team. Following graduation, Marie plans to attend college to study English and secondary education.

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