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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout holds children’s art workshop to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Dec. 20, 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Sarah R. held a two-week art workshop for children in the St. Paul’s Methodist Church Rutabaga Territory Program 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 about working with kids and the importance of creativity for young people,” says Sarah, a junior St. Agnes Academy. “Most of the kids come from families that can’t pay for after school program or art classes, so it was great to see them use their imagination and talents.”

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 to dance and do art,” explains Sarah. “Also, I find working with kids very rewarding.”

During the workshop, Sarah gave two and a half hour lessons to 15 children in arts and crafts, music, dance and drama. At the end of the workshop, she directed the children to put on a play for their parents. She also collected more than 100 costumes from West University Dance Centre for the program.

“Sarah had so much fun working on her Gold Award project because it was centered around something she loves--dance,” says Alice Rohrman, Sarah’s mother. “She learned how to organize an event, manage volunteers and how hard it is to keep young children busy for two weeks.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Sarah has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards and has served as the program coordinator for the Girl Planning Board. At St. Agnes Academy, she is a member of National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Model United Nations and National Charity League. She also received the Presidential Service Awards for having more than 100 hours of community service. Following graduation, she hopes to study biology or religion in college.

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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