New Mexico Gold Award Winner Serina Pack Meets President Obama

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Girl Scouts of the USA National President Connie L. Lindsey, Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chavez, and eight Girl Scout Gold Award recipients from across the country presented President Barack Obama today with the Girl Scouts Annual Report and met with him on the pressing issues affecting girls. Among the Gold Award recipients was area Girl Scout Serina Pack of Cliff, NM. Serina is a member of the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest which serves Southern New Mexico and West Texas.

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Serina Pack, a High School Senior from Cliff, New Mexico, is an honor student interested in addressing societal concerns relating to children’s literacy programs and the environment. She plans to study Environmental Sustainability and Psychology with the long-term goal of completing her PhD. For her Girl Scouts Gold Award take action project, Serina created CLIMB, a literacy program in elementary schools and the APPLE Foundation. APPLE is an acronym for “A Plan to Promote Literacy Everywhere!” Its purpose: Motivate and inspire children to be good readers and encourage teens to become mentors and take up the cause to address the low literacy levels in our country. More than 5000 used books, 1500 reading workbooks, and 2000 new books, with estimated value of over $15,000, have been collected and distributed in southwestern United States and Mexico.

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“Our Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who met the president today are the embodiment of girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place,” said Chavez. “It’s critical we continue to inform our national leaders on the urgent needs of all girls across the country, and stress that together, we can get all girls to realize their full potential.”

In addition to the meeting with President Obama, the Girl Scouts also met with senior staff at the White House about their Gold Award projects.