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Atascocita Girl Scout teaches English, art in Brazil to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (July, 2013) – Girl Scout Autumn E. taught English, art and more to children in long-term care at a Brazilian hospital while in the country as an exchange student 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 a deeper understanding of people and their needs as well as more patience,” said Autumn, a 2013 graduate of Atascocita High School. “I also learned the importance of education.”

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 knew I wanted to work with Brazilians,” said Autumn. “The poverty (level) of everyone in the hospital reminded me they may never have the opportunity to learn English, so I had to do something.”

For her project, Autumn led a team of volunteers in teaching English, art, music and even Portuguese to children in long-term care at a hospital in Brazil. Autumn taught the children four days a week over a two month period.

“I think Autumn obtained a greater compassion for those less fortunate than herself,” said Leaneta E., Autumn’s mother. “She also learned how to adapt plans when things didn’t go exactly the way she had wanted them to."

Autumn was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Atascocita High School she was a member of National Honor Society, Drama Club and UIL One Act Play. Outside of school she also taught swim lessons. She is currently attending Texas A&M University to study animal science.

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