CARLSBAD — Girl Scouts of San Diego are particularly proud of Jackie Nakamura, a junior at Carlsbad High School.Nakamura maintains a high GPA and is on the varsity tennis team, but in addition, she is working hard to get her Girl Scout Gold Award. Her approved proposal is “To educate children the importance of character traits through stories and exercises.” To accomplish this, Nakamura is teaching “Character Traits” at Pacific Rim Elementary School Kids Care Program.
Nakamura goes back to her former grammar school at Pacific Rim Elementary school two times a month during the school year to work with the children in the program. She wants make a career of teaching and has developed lesson plans and fun activities for other students to use in the future to continue to teach these children the importance of character traits.
Teaching is nothing new to Nakamura. In fifth grade at Pacific Rim she used her early-out time to volunteer in the kindergarten classroom. She has worked with children at vacation Bible school, summers on Indian reservations, trips to Mexico and last year a weeklong summer camp in Costa Rica. She has given more than 300 community service hours to teaching and working with children in her community.
Nakamura will complete her Gold Award this year, which represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. She has been a girl scout for 11 years in troop 1116, service unit 641 with Diedre Girod as her troop leader.