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Local Girl Scouts to Receive Gold Awards May 21

May 18, 2006

Her project addressed the issue that many poor inner city kids don’t have the opportunity to exercise and learn how to play sports. She also provided them with a fun place to go on a Saturday morning, for most of them do not get out on the weekends, according to their teacher. When she started the clinic, only one girl could play volleyball, but by the end every child in the gym could pass and serve. Her biggest reward was in their smiles that morning!

Natalie is a senior at La Cañada High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation, and is PTSA president. She enjoys singing in the La Cañada High School Chamber Singers, the school’s top auditioned choir. Natalie is currently rehearsing for the school’s production of West Side Story as a “Shark girl.” Natalie also loves playing volleyball and she was named to the all-league first team as a senior.

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Natalie would like to thank her mother, Christine Burrows, her troop leaders, Sherry Kirchheimer and Gale Musker, and Michele Milburn, the principal at Los Angeles Christian School, for their support throughout her project.

Abigail Chang

Abigail’s project promoted community-wide reading appreciation by helping children enhance their reading skills, using something all children love, food! She held a weeklong reading clinic for the underprivileged children served by New Horizons Family Center. Abigail devised a program to help the children appreciate the importance of reading by reviewing recipes and nutritional information on food labels. The children “read” recipes and assembled fun, healthy snacks. The children took home booklets with the recipes and nutritional information learned. A presentation for the parents to help reinforce the importance of reading and good nutrition concluded the week. Abigail also helped collect over five hundred books for the New Horizons library providing the children with a continued incentive to read.

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