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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout teaches kids to eat healthy, earns Gold Award

HOUSTON (March 29, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Julia T. held healthy cooking classes for children ages 9-11 to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I learned that children can rise up to the challenge and prepare a meal,” says Julia, a senior at Friendswood High School. “Most children are willing to try new foods. Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean they won’t eat it.”

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

“I chose this project because I enjoy cooking and work well with children,” explains Julia.

During her cooking classes, Julia led volunteers in teaching children about basic nutrition and kitchen skills. Her cooking class students learned to cook a healthy meal and all received a cookbook written by Julia. She also collected canned goods for Christian Helping Hands.

“Earning her Gold Award taught Julia the value of being organized, increased her self-confidence and poise when working with adults and instilled in her the believe that she can make a difference,” says Janet T., Julia’s mother.

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Julia participates in GAM, a Council-wide camping weekend at Camp Casa Mare, and various service projects. As Friendswood High School, she is a member of International Thespian Society, Drama Club, National Honor Society and Creative Writing Club.

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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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