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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout leads summer reading camp to earn Gold Award

BELLAIRE (Jan. 26, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Katherine C. created a summer reading camp and a parish library at Holy Family Church 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 how to lead a group of volunteers and that I enjoy teaching kids,” says Katherine, a junior at St. Agnes Academy.

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 have volunteered at Holy Family for several summers, and I wanted to help them improve their reading program and resources” explains Katherine.

Katherine held the two-week camp four days per week for two hours per day and had more than 100 children from pre-k to kindergarten attend the program. She introduced the children to a variety of books during the “Crafty Readers” program to help interest the children in reading. To improve the parish library, she organized a book drive and collected more than 400 books that children from camp were able to use.

At St. Agnes Academy, Katherine plays varsity lacrosse and the piano and has earned the Presidential Service Award three times. Following graduation, she plans to attend the University of Panama.

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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