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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout educates the homeless to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Jan. 12, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Gina B. taught health and science lessons to homeless children at a local shelter 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 teaching is harder than I thought,” says Gina, a senior at Saint Thomas Episcopal School. “Besides planning lesson content, I had to plan strategies to keep the kids interested and make the lessons simple for the younger kids.”

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 wanted to help children in the homeless community,” explains Gina. “I felt like I could make an impact on their lives.”

For her project, Gina taught two-hour classes twice a week for four weeks using her own lesson plans. To keep the children interested, Gina used crafts and experiments to teach healthy living skills.

“She learned how to be flexible in her lesson plans and to redesign them to meet the children’s interests and different learning styles,” says Joyce Brown, Gina’s mother. “As a result, I feel she was able to make a difference in their interest in learning.”

As a member of Girl Scouts since kindergarten, Gina participated in several Girl Scout planning boards and has attended many camps. At Memorial High School, she played varsity lacrosse and was involved in St. Cecilia Life Teen. Following graduation, she hopes to attend Southern Methodist University.

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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