Amy Volkmann received the Girl Scout Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council on Nov. 21.
Amy led a team of volunteers in organizing and hosting a book club during a one-year period for children with Down syndrome, according to a release from Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council. In addition to bettering their reading skills, book club members also had the chance to learn valuable social skills by interacting with each other and discussing the books they read.
"I learned that helping a person with Down syndrome is fun and that some kids need more help than others," she said in a release.
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects.
The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, founded by Mrs. F.M. Law and Miss Corinne Fonde in 1922 in Houston, serves 26 counties in southeast Texas. The council is governed by a board of directors made up of community leaders. Stacy Methvin is the chairwoman of the board and president of the council. Mary Vitek is the chief executive officer.