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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout creates after-school tutoring at elementary school to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Sept. 30, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Kathryn W. tutored third grade students at a local elementary school 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 all kids learn at different skill levels and that it involves a lot of patience to be able to work with them,” says Kathryn, a senior at Cy Fair High School.

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 reading and children, so I wanted to be able to do something that would help the community and get children interested in reading,” explains Kathryn.

Kathryn led volunteers in helping tutor three to five students per session. Tutoring sessions met three times a week for seven months. Kathryn focused on mainly writing and reading, but also helped with math and general testing skills.

“Kathryn learned how to communicate more effectively with adults and children,” says Kim W., Kathryn’s mother. “She also learned how to deal with a chain of command in the school systems and Girl Scouts.”

At Cy Fair High School, Kathryn was a member of band, swim team, National Honor Society, PALS, FCA, Higher Dimensions and Spanish Club. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study marine 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

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