St. Louis, MO – Sept. 6, 2016 – Megan Keim, a sophomore at Moberly Area Community College and graduate of Palmyra High School, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award by organizing and installing a library at Palmyra Elementary School. She was among 42 young women in eastern Missouri to earn the award this year.
Keim was inspired to build the library after attending a Gold Award training through Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. Her mother works as a kindergarten teacher at the school, so Keim understood the classroom’s needs and wanted to bring more books to the students. She built a bookcase and collected mats, books, toys and furnishings from members of the community. After setting up the library, she also hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the teachers and students.
“My favorite part was seeing the kids’ expressions when visiting the library for the first time,” she said. “I learned a lot from this project—to be patient, be a leader and take responsibility. The Gold Award was a great learning experience.”
Keim is pursuing an associate’s degree in graphic arts technology, and plans to earn a bachelor’s in graphic arts at the University of Central Missouri after graduating from Moberly Area Community College.
The Gold Award is the highest national award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, girls in grade 9-12, can earn. Attaining the Girl Scout Gold Award requires a significant amount of time planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others and has a lasting impact on its targeted community with an emphasis on sustainability.
Less than one percent of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, putting them among an exceptional group of women who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world. Some of the Gold Awardee benefits are:
- A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award and enlists in the US Armed Forces, immediately rises one level in rank
- Colleges and universities recognize the achievements and leadership abilities of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients by offering scholarship programs
- Achievements of the Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are acknowledged by many government and non-profit organizations