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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout shares love of reading to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (June 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Thinh N. share her love of reading with elementary students by putting on puppet shows and recording audio books 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 great deal of perseverance throughout my project,” says Thinh, a graduate of DeBakey High School. “I learned being organized and taking action are important too.”

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 wanted to share my passion for reading to children,” explains Thinh as to why she chose the project. “I wanted to show them that there is more than one way to make reading fun.”

Thinh led volunteers in recording audio books in English and Vietnamese for her neighborhood library. After recording the books, Thinh picked several stories to tell with puppets. She and her volunteers performed stories for children at Carmichael Elementary School.

“Thinh has changed from being just a student who comes home and studies to a real woman who reaches out to her community,” says ThuThao N., Thinh’s mother.

At DeBakey High School, Thinh was a member of HOSA, National Technical Honor Society, American Red Cross and Vietnamese International Student Association. This fall she plans to attend St. Thomas University to study biology and theology.

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

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