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Houston Girl Scout promotes summer reading to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Margaret B. promoted summer reading to elementary school students 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 inspire a love for books starting at a young age,” said Margaret, a junior at Lamar High School. “Reading teaches comprehension skills and vocabulary that are essential in all aspects of a child’s life.”
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 reading is something I am very passionate about,” said Margaret. “It is something that I strongly support.”
For her project, Margaret led a team of volunteers in collecting and distributing more than 300 books to elementary school students in her neighborhood. She held after-school reading events to promote literacy prior to the end of the school year and gave students reading lists appropriate for their grade-level and where they could find books over the summer. Margaret and her volunteers also led students in reading games to stir enthusiasm about books.
“Margaret put her heart into each event to share the joy of reading with others,” said Liz B., Margaret’s mother. “Most of these children do not own many books and were thrilled to pick some out to take home and keep. I think Margaret learned that enthusiasm can be shared and that she enjoys working with children.”
Margaret has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years and has also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At Lamar High School she is a member of swimming, water polo, orchestra, Key Club, National Honor Society, Best Buddies, student council, AFS and Reading Aces. Following graduation Margaret hopes to attend Rice University to study engineering.
About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto CouncilGirl 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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