St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Jennifer Eagan, a 2016 Union High School graduate and sophomore at East Central College, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Eagan demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Eagan was among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Eagan said she’s always been an avid reader, and wanted her Gold Award project focused on this passion. While researching child literacy, she discovered children whose parents read to them from a young age, or even before birth, have more developed language skills. Eagan worked with the Scenic Public Library in Union along with the Franklin County Health Department to give children’s books to new and expectant mothers. The library donated more than 300 books for her to include in goodie bags the Health Department gifts to new mothers.
“My favorite part of the project was working with the Health Department,” Eagan said. “The woman I was working with was so excited to be getting these books and share this information with new mothers. It was just really cool to see somebody that excited about 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