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Memorial Girl Scout tutors Spanish-speaking students in reading to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (September, 2013) – Girl Scout Mariam K. tutored Spanish-speaking fourth grade students in reading and writing 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 skills such as taking responsibilities for others and patience with younger children,” said Mariam, a sophomore at Stratford 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 it was a community need,” said Mariam. “The root cause of this [need] was the language barrier when taking the new STARR tests. These students are just beginning to understand the time management and critical thinking skills that are needed for these timed and stricter state tests.”

For her project, Mariam led her team of volunteers in working with groups of fourth grade students over the summer. They taught students reading and writing skills and strategies to better prepare them for taking standardized tests. By working with the students, Mariam and her volunteers were also able to improve their English.

“Mariam gained practical life skills and developed healthy relationship and conflict/resolution skills she can use throughout her life,” said Rand M., Mariam’s mother. “She also developed cooperation and team building skills as well as leadership, patience and time management.”

Mariam has been a member of Girl Scouts for six years and participates in the Council’s sailing program, Mariners. At Stratford High School she is a member of tennis and was vice president of Freshman Club. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study medicine.

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