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Nacogdoches Girl Scout hosts bike safety fair to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Allison J. raised awareness of bicycle safety for children 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 to organize a complex event and how to prepare a meeting,” said Allison, a 2015 graduate of Nacogdoches High School. “I learned leadership skills such as organization, cooperation, and communication.”
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 hoped to teach children how to safely enjoy riding a bike and provide them with bike helmets and knowledge,” said Allison.
For her project, Allison led a team of thirteen volunteers in hosting a children's safety fair where free helmets were distributed, children had their bikes inspected and learned safety rules by going through an obstacle course. The local police and fire departments assisted with safety education. Twenty-nine people attended the fair.
“Allison learned and demonstrated great organizational skills,” said Arlen and Penny J., Allison's parents. “She developed confidence speaking to adults in authority. She also demonstrated patience and responsibility.”
Allison has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Nacogdoches High School she was Academic All District and a Regional Finalist for swim team, and was involved in UIL Math and the poetry club. She plans to attend college following graduation to study English.
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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