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Sugar Land Girl Scout organizes presentation on Dyslexia and ADHD to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Sarah M. created a panel of students with Dyslexia and ADHD 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 to be a more confident public speaker, a better self-advocate, and that I can overcome my learning differences,” said Sarah, a 2014 graduate of The Briarwood High School. “I learned that by becoming more willing to talk about my learning differences, it helped others who may be too nervous about their situation. I learned that you can compensate and still succeed. I also learned through the Gold Award process that while I may face some challenges, others do as well and I am not alone in having learning differences."
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.
“Because I am a Dyslexic, I undertook this project in order to raise awareness about Dyslexia and attempt to help future teachers and administrators learn that students with Dyslexia are just as capable as other students,” said Sarah. “I believe I did make an impact on those who attended my presentation, and that these future teachers and administrators will be open-minded and aware, based on my presentation.”
For her project, Sarah led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting a presentation where several Dyslexic and ADHD students sat on a panel for future and current teachers. She also presented a short film explaining the physiological basis of Dyslexia, then answered questions from students and professors at the University of St. Thomas and Houston Baptist University. Thirty-five students attended the events.
“Sarah learned to be a better public speaker and leader in preparing the panel for their presentation,” said Paula M., Sarah’s mother. “I was quite impressed with her and the panel and how the students at each of the universities responded so positively to all of the panelists. Because of her leadership and preparation of the panel, the university students all gave high marks in their exit interviews.”
Sarah was a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years. At The Briarwood School she was a manager for the girl's and boy's varsity basketball teams. She plans to attend college following graduation to study education, with a focus on special education.
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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