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Pasadena Girl Scout teaches at-risk youth science to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Christine H. taught a weeklong science class to fifth graders 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 that I like children more than I thought I did,” said Christine, a 2013 graduate of Deer Park High School. “I became better at explaining things to others. I learned how to ask for help – a skill that I needed a lot of practice with.”

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.

“One of my greatest concerns is the lack of interest in learning that I see so often in schools,” said Christine. “I hoped that I could get young kids interested in science, a subject they may not like in school, by engaging them in hands-on activities and discussing concepts in an informal way.”

For her project, Christine led a team of volunteers in designing and teaching a six day science class to fifth grade students from the St. John's After School Program, which targets at-risk youth. She talked about topics ranging from electricity to density, and donated al leftover materials to the after school program to continue her efforts. Fifteen students attended her class.

“Christine learned how to manage her time wisely,” said Sandi H., Christine's mother. “She also learned how to approach people and ask them for help when she needs to. She has become more confident in working with children and has realized that she has more patience than she thinks she does.”

Christine was a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Deer Park High School she was a member of the Academic Decathlon team, National Honor Society, the biology club and band. Claire was Vice President of the French National Honor Society and a National Merit Scholar as well. This fall she will attend Texas A&M University to study chemistry.

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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