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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout teaches environmental awareness to earn Gold Award

CYPRESS, Texas (Jan. 27, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Claire S. held an Ecology Fair at Millsap Elementary to educate children and adults on environmental friendliness 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 to respect myself as a leader,” says Claire, a senior at Cy-Fair High School. “I also learned event planning is a long, difficult process and one must always have a back up plan in case something goes wrong.”

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.

“It’s important to educate our public on ways to keep our environment healthy,” explains Claire. “Many families were just uneducated on ways to recycle, garden and even compost. It was really cool to see adults affected as much as the first through fifth graders.”

Claire arranged the four-hour event to teach the community about the environment. She invited 15 different organizations to Millsap Elementary and had 250 to 300 people attend.

“Claire learned so much through her project,” says Carmela Simmons, Claire’s mother. “She learned how to manage all the details involved with overseeing governmental representatives, non-profit groups, Girl Scouts and other volunteers. Most of all, she overcame last minute surprises by being perseverant and determined to make her project a success no matter what.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Claire served as a senior senator, a delegate and a member of The Voice and has earned her Silver and Bronze Awards. At Cy-Fair High School, she is involved in theater and dance and has earned The Presidential Service Award. Following graduation, she hopes to attend art school to study design with the goal of opening a business to sell environmentally friendly fashion.

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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