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Houston Girl Scout teaches second grade students botany to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Tatiana L. taught second grade students about botany during summer school to earn Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

“I learned how important it is to help those less fortunate and that all children have the right to do great,” said Tatiana, a junior at St. Thomas Episcopal. “It is important to teach children that education is important. They just need the initial education of how great it is to give yourself opportunities.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

“I chose this project because I wanted to combine my two passions: science and working with children,” said Tatiana.

For her project, Tatiana led her team of volunteers in planning a two-day workshop on plants in conjunction with a local elementary school’s summer school. Students transitioning from Spanish-speaking first grade classes to all English second grade classes attended her workshop. Tatiana and her volunteers taught the children by dissecting plants, reconstructing flowers using construction paper, planting beans and learning how to care for plants. Fifteen children benefitted from her workshop.

“Tatiana is a very responsible young woman that has always been interested in working with kids,” said Diana L., Tatiana’s mother. “Her project for the Gold Award reinforced her belief of wanting to work with children in her future.”

Tatiana has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At St. Thomas Episcopal she is a member of Junior Classical League, tennis, golf and yearbook. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study pre-med.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

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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