Sunday, April 9, 2017

GSSJC Girl Scout Receives National Recognition

Way to go Alexis!

Alexis Champagne, a sophomore at Taylor High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting.  The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.

To earn the award, Champagne launched the Bob Cat Book Nook book sharing program at Garland McMeans Jr High School in Cinco Ranch. As part of the project, Champagne stocked shelves full of books that were donated during a book drive she hosted for two months. Students at McMeans can borrow the books free of charge and return them when they are done reading them or replace them with other books brought from home.

“The book nook is in a primary hallway that kids walk through all day long, so kids will be free to take books any time,” said Champagne. “The goal is that this will help increase reading and lead to higher test scores and maybe kids with share with each other what they are reading and have discussions about their shared books. Maybe we will see more kids reading at lunch rather than engaging with social media on their phones.”

Through earning the Gold Award, Champagne learned that she is able to lead a group, hold meetings with adults, engage professionally with retailers, how to make important decisions and use power tools. Her project impacted more than 1000 people.

“It’s a major accomplishment and I really wanted to reach the highest goal possible in Girl Scouts,” said Champagne.

For more information about the Gold Award or Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, visit www.gssjc.org.