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

HOUSTON (Dec. 20, 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Rosario D. held a two-day health clinic to teach children about healthy living and volleyball 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 I really enjoy working with children,” says Rosario, a 2010 graduate of Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions. “I knew that I like being around children but I did not know I had the patience and the ability to teach children of a younger age. I really enjoyed making this clinic for the Star of Hope children, and I am even considering doing another one next summer.”

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 a problem that exists in my community is that children lead unhealthy lifestyles of junk food and being physically inactive,” explains Rosario. “I can teach children to be healthier and physically active through one of my favorite physical activities, volleyball.”

During the clinic, Rosario taught about 30 children the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. She also organized a volleyball game to show the children exercise can be fun.

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Rosario organized bridging events for younger girls with her troop and a one-night camping event and helped Junior Girl Scouts earn badges. At Michael E. DeBakey High School, she was class secretary and a member of National Technical Honor Society and several other organizations. At Lake Superior State University, she is double majoring in biology and mechanical engineering.

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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