St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 207 – Catherine Colletti, a senior at Eureka High School, and Jaime Pack, a 2017 Eureka High School graduate, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Colletti and Pack demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Colletti and Pack were among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Colletti said she wanted to give back to children at Fairway Elementary. She created and built an outdoor classroom featuring planters for students and teachers to grow fresh vegetables. Students to sample the harvest and leftovers are donated to the “Got Your Backpack” program, which provide students using the Fairway Elementary’s foodbank with fresh vegetables. The Fairway Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will maintain the outdoor classroom and ensure its kept clean and prosperous so students can continue to learn about the environment.
“It’s important for kids to learn about growing their own food and knowing where their foods are coming from,” Colletti said. “I want to inspire them to be active with the environment and maybe plant their own gardens.”
Pack also found a way to incorporate the outdoors into her Gold Award project. She worked with Meramec Bluffs Senior Living to create an engaging outdoor garden for the memory care wing. She cleaned the courtyard, planted new flowers, shrubs, herbs and vegetables plus built a table for residents and guests. Around the garden, she placed signs encouraging residents to explore the sights, sounds and smells. She said she hopes these explorations will spark conversations.
“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is a great, rewarding experience,” Pack said. “It was so nice to help residents and their families. There was so much interest in what I was doing, it was great finally see the finished product and residents tending it.”
The Girl Scout Gold Award requires determination, communication, time management and a desire to make a difference. This distinguished award challenges girls to change the world and solve a community issue. The process requires at least 80 hours of service and often spans months or even years.
Less than one percent of all Girl Scouts earn the 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 Award Girl Scout benefits are:
- Immediately rising one rank when enlisting in the US Armed Forces
- Earning scholarships from colleges and universities
- Recognition from many government and non-profit organizations
- Certificates and letters from Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, United States Navy and the South St. Louis Marine Corps League Auxiliary
- Receiving a Sacagawea Gold Dollar from the United States Mint