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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout promotes healthy living to youth to earn Gold Award

BEAUMONT, Texas (Oct. 1, 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Jennifer H. held a week-long healthy living workshop for children ages six to nine 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 that most kids don’t know that even a little exercise can go a long way,” says Jennifer, a senior at Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School. “I also learned that I have a ton of friends that were there and willing to help me make my event a success.”

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’ve noticed that with new technological innovations, most kids are staying inside to text on their phones and play on the computer all day,” explains Jennifer. “I wanted to make a difference in my community and tell them that going outside to jump rope or play games for an hour are good activities for your body.”

Jennifer’s workshop took place at the Sterling Pruitt Activity Center. She led volunteers in teaching the kids stretching, cardio, muscle conditioning and more. She invited a local taekwondo instructor to teach the kids. More than 80 children attended her event.

“Jennifer has always been organized, responsible and hardworking,” says Esteban Hernandez, Jennifer’s father. “I think it surprised her that the children were excited and actually looking forward to her arrival each day.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Jennifer has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards and serves as a Program Aide at twilight camps in her area. At Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School, she is a member of varsity soccer and Key Club and has received several sports and academic awards. Following graduation, she hopes to attend Texas A&M University to study biology.

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 www.gssjc.org.

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