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Sugar Land Girl Scout teaches positive character traits to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Shama T. created lesson plans for the students of the Texana Center for Children's Autism 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.

“Through this project, I learned how to adapt activities to fit each child individually and develop and implement an idea of my own on my own,” said Shama, a 2014 graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School. “I learned how to be able to present ideas not only to adults, but to children as well. This project provided me with experience leading and working with a team of all ages.”

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.

“My project focused on a way to address the rise of bullying rates,” said Shama. “I identified that bullying is increasing because children aren't taught how to have good character traits like making good choices and honesty.”

For her project, Shama led a team of volunteers in planning and teaching good character traits at the Texana Center for Children's Autism. She developed lesson plans focusing on honesty, sharing, caring, and making good choices for students between 3 and 7 years of age at the Texana Center's Bridge Classrooms. Forty people attended the classes.

“Shama was extremely thrilled to see herself interacting with children as well as adults,” said Fateh and Neelu T., Shama's parents.

Shama was a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years. At Stephen F. Austin High School she was a member of Math, English, Music, Spanish, and National Honor Societies, Model UN, is president of the choir, and has earned both the Academic Excellence Award and the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She plans to attend college following graduation to study pediatric neuroscience.

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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