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Amber Childres

Girl Scout helps others obtain GED credits to earn Gold Award

SUGAR LAND, Texas (Nov. 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Anna M. planned and taught a 10-week GED math class 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 a lot about the lives of people in our community and how different their experiences have been from mine,” says Anna, a senior at Clements High School. “I also learned how our struggles can be so alike.”

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 like math, but I understand what it’s like to struggle with learning because I have trouble with reading,” explains Anna as to why she chose the project. “I know how important it is to find someone who can help you.”

Anna created lesson plans and visual aides for her class. Each week she taught two 90-minute classes and offered one-on-one tutoring four hours per week. About 20 adults attended her class.

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Anna has also earned her Silver Award and a canoeing certification from the American Red Cross. At Clements High School, she is a member of National Honor Society, marching band and more. She has also acquired more than 100 hours of service volunteering in the community. Following graduation, Anna plans to attend the University of Oklahoma to study math and education.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit