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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout teaches children dance to earn Gold Award

FULSHEAR, Texas (March 8, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Sarah D. held ballet workshops for the underprivileged children of Casa de Esperanza, an organizations that houses children in crisis, 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 fortunate and blessed I am to be able to do what I love everyday,” says Sarah, a junior at Foster High School. “Seeing the kids’ faces light up at the simplest things was extremely sobering. I also realized how an individual’s will power can make such a strong impact.”

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 it incorporated my passion, and I feel that giving outlets such as dance to children in similar situations can help keep them away from drugs and violence in the future,” explains Sarah.

Sarah held the workshops once a week for seven weeks and had about eight children attend each session. She taught the children ranging in age from 3 to 7 traditional ballet moves and showed them actual performances. She also donated to the children a DVD of The Nutcracker and two bags of leotards, slippers and other ballet accessories. Additionally, she organized a fundraiser to allow the children to attend a live performance of The Nutcracker.

“Sarah has always been mature, responsible, independent and a leader,” says Allison Dewees, Sarah’s mother. “There was no doubt in my mind that she could achieve this goal. What was great to see was how much she embraced her project. She loved teaching the children and, although Wednesday is her only free day, she always looked forward to going and teaching the children. She even went above the requirements and made it possible for children to come and watch the Nutcracker.”

At Foster High School, Sarah is involved in the National Honor Society and Interact Club. Following graduation, she plans to attend Northwestern University to study chemical engineering and dance.

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 www.gssjc.org.

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