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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout addresses illiteracy rates in Harris County, earns Gold Award

HOUSTON (April 15, 2010) – Girl Scout Allison G. developed a reading program for children 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 I work very well with children,” says Allison, a senior at Carnegie Vanguard High School. “I learned I have patience to listen to their questions and thoughts.”

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 have always been an avid reader,” explains Allison. “I wanted to help others gain a love of reading and skills to help them with literature throughout their lives.”

Allison’s reading program benefited children at the Star of Hope Transitional Living Center. Over a period of five months, Allison led volunteers in teaching children reading skills in weekly classes. She utilized books, games and songs relating to literacy to teach. Allison also collected books to give to the children as Christmas presents.

“Through her years in Girl Scouting, I have seen Allison’s leadership skills develop, but I saw them particularly during her Gold Award project,” says Carol G., Allison’s mother. “She stepped outside of her comfort zone and persevered through obstacles to really make a difference in the community.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Allison is a Program Aide and has served as a leader at Enchanted Forest’s service unit weekend. At Carnegie Vanguard High School, she is a member of speech and debate club, Thespian Society, Swing Dance Club, National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. Following graduation Allison plans to attend college to study English and communications.

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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