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Girl Scout hosts dance classes at Christian Outreach Alliance to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Clear Lake, TX – Girl Scout Kira K. planned and taught introductory ballet and jazz classes to students at Christian Outreach Alliance, a coalition of five Bay Area churches, 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.

"My experience taught me that you don’t have to spend a lot of money or travel across the world to help people," said Kira, a senior at Clear Lake High School. "You can make a big difference in the lives of the people in your community by simply sharing your time and talent with them."

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.

"After researching my community's needs, I discovered that during the summer many working families have difficulty finding interesting and affordable activities for their children," explained Kira as to why she chose the project. "I learned that there was a great deal of interest in fire arts programs; however, the majority of such programs do not include a dance component. Providing free dance instruction in a central location gave families a new option."

For her project, Kira planned the lessons for each dance class, organized volunteers who helped her teach, developed choreography focused on teaching flexibility, strength and stamina as well as grace, self-discipline, confidence and poise. The weeklong series of dance classes, each with 25-30 students, culminated in a recital for parents, family and friends.

"[The Gold Award] taught Kira the importance of building relationships with people from a wide variety of backgrounds in order to achieve a single goal," said Dr. Kurtzman, Kira's father. "She learned to work cooperatively, to manage her time carefully and to give of her own talents generously."

As a member of Girl Scouts, Kira has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards as well as the God and Me Award and received her Ten Year Recognition. At Clear Lake High School, she is a member of debate, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, track, SCUBA Club, Baking Club and the Freshman Flairs Dance Team. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study neuroscience.

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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

 

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