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Bellaire Girl Scout tutors ESL elementary students to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (September, 2013) – Girl Scout Madeleine D. tutored elementary school students whose second language was English 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 that children have a passion for learning, no matter what their skill level,” said Madeleine, a 2013 graduate of St. Agnes Academy. “I also learned the importance of encouraging 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 love children,” said Madeleine. “I wanted to show these children that people in their community care about them and want them to succeed.”

For her project, Madeleine led a team of volunteers in tutoring students at Sylvan Rodriguez Elementary School. During a three month period she visited the school every weekday for approximately three hours, and Madeleine and her volunteers worked with the ESL students on their reading skills, among other things.

“Completing [the Gold Award] took perseverance and tenacity,” said Mary-Clare D., Madeleine’s mother. “It taught Madeleine not to quit.”

Madeleine was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At St. Agnes Academy she was a member of varsity soccer. This fall she is attending Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC to study accounting and French.

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