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Sugar Land Girl Scout educated refugees about healthy living to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Krisha D. taught refugees new to America ways to promote a healthy lifestyle 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 from this project that I am very lucky to have all this healthcare I have around me and live a privileged life,” said Krisha, a 2014 graduate of Hightower High School. “Many of these refugees were not used to having all of this help, which showed me that I am very lucky to have all these basic needs around me.”
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 am very interested in the healthcare field and plan to pursue a career in it,” said Krisha. “I also like to help people and decided to put these two together to create a health clinic to help others.”
For her project, called Healthy Living, Krisha led a team of seven volunteers in working with the Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston to hold a clinic for refugees from all over the world. The clinic offered glucose and blood pressure testing, while providing information about insurance and hospitals to the refugees. Over 100 people attended this event.
Krisha was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Hightower High School she is involved in Health and Occupation Student of America, Future Business Leaders of America, and American Red Cross. She plans on attending the University of Texas to study either medicine or architecture.
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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