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Houston Girl Scout hosts religious reading day to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Sabrina K. held a “Day of Jewish Reading” 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.

“From this project, I learned a lot about time management, organization, and leadership,” said Sabrina, a 2013 graduate of Carnegie Vanguard High School. “I learned what it means to create and develop your own project and most importantly, I learned how to work with others.”

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 did not like how empty the library at my synagogue was in terms of visitors,” said Sabrina. “I think libraries today are underutilized and my love for reading makes me want others to love them too.”

For her project, Sabrina led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting a “Day of Jewish Reading” at her synagogue to bring awareness to the library. She scheduled a Jewish author to speak about his book for adults and organized a kids event where volunteers read books aloud, taught the children how to use the library, and made bookmarks. Over sixty people attended the event.

“I believe that Sabrina learned how to organize and properly lead a group of people to do something that she truly believed in,” said Mark K., Sabrina's father. “She has grown into a caring, confident and incredible young woman. My wife and I are so very proud of how she has grown to be the girl she is today.”

Sabrina was a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years. At Carnegie Vanguard High School she was a member of the newspaper staff, Jewish Student Union, French Club and National Honor Society. She also won awards for a French competition and won Student Journalist of the Year. This fall she will attend Boston University to study communication.

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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