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Memorial Girl Scout creates P.E. curriculum for local elementary to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Jacqueline S. create physical education curriculum for students at Berry Elementary School 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 I really enjoy working with kids and that everything isn’t always going to go as planned, but if you put in the effort, you will succeed in the end,” said Jacqueline, a junior at St. John’s 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 I am a huge sports fan,” said Jacqueline. “When I found out that Berry Elementary was a Title One school with many kids at-risk for dropping out of school and that they didn’t have a P.E. program, I saw a huge opportunity to help.”
For her project, Jacqueline led her team of volunteers in developing P.E. curriculum for students to utilize during recess. They created age-appropriate games for grades K-5, laminated game instructions, put them on key rings and gave them to each teacher in the school. Jacqueline and her volunteers also visited with students and taught them some of the games. Finally, the further promote play time and fitness, Jacqueline led her volunteers in creating a fitness trail with five fitness stations for students and parents to use.
“Jacqueline learned how to ask for help during the Gold Award process, how to communicate effectively with adults and children alike and how to become more comfortable speaking in public,” said Tracy S., Jacqueline’s mother. “Her organizational and listening skills greatly improved over the year.”
Jacqueline has been a member of Girl Scouts for seven years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At St. John’s School she is a member of soccer, field hockey and Community Service Club. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study engineering.
About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto CouncilGirl 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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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