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Clear Lake Girl Scout tackles childhood illiteracy to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON, Texas (September, 2013) – Girl Scout Anne A. taught approximately 500 children the benefits of 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.
“I learned how to be a better leader, how to communicate effectively and how to persevere when dealing with a difficult situation,” said Anne, a 2013 graduate of Clear Lake High School.
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 reading is the key to a successful and prosperous life,” said Anne.
For her project, Anne led her team of volunteers in collecting close to 1,000 books to donate to the children who would benefit from her reading workshop. She then developed a brochure on how to choose the right book and printed copies in English and Spanish. Finally, she used these brochures to teach approximately 500 children the benefits of reading at Falcon Pass Elementary and Clear Creek United Methodist Church.
“Anne has a natural leadership ability,” said Elizabeth A., Anne’s mother. “She has compassion and patience that will help in her future. She did a great job with this project.”
Anne was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and was a member of the Council’s sailing program, Mariners. At Clear Lake High School she was a member of varsity lacrosse. She currently attends Stephen F. Austin State University where she is studying nursing.
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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 62,000 girls 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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