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Gold Award Girl Scouts reduce landfill waste and empower area’s youth


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St. Louis, MO – September 5, 2018 ─ Lauren Hammett, a 2018 graduate of Kirkwood High School, and Anna Marie Jones, a senior at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Hammett and Jones exemplify leaders who have transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Hammett and Jones were recognized with 51 other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.

Girl Scouts are environmental stewards, working hard to minimize the impact the nation’s current system of disposal has on the community and the world. To earn the Gold Award, Hammett reduced the amount of waste generated in her neighborhood by introducing more recycling options. Hammett learned that more than 5,000 bottled drinks were sold during the previous year’s football season. She partnered with Pepsi to install recycling containers strategically placed around the school’s campus. This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM is making a difference in the world as her initiative minimizes the number of plastic bottles sent to landfills.

Teenagers, like adults, can experience stress everyday – including school demands, an unstable living environment, self-esteem conflicts, high expectations and family financial problems. Gold Award Girl Scout Jones knew she and her peers could benefit from learning stress management skills. To earn Girl Scouts’ highest award, Jones organized a Harmony Day for students transitioning from elementary school to middle school. During this workshop, she taught yoga and helped others build new connections using ice-breakers. Jones is a true G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM through and through!

The Gold Award represents the culmination of more than 80 hours of work on a project that is important to each girl. Approximately one million high-school aged Girl Scouts have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916.

A young woman who has earned the Gold Award is a community leader. Gold Award Girl Scouts report a more positive sense of self, are more engaged civically and in community service, have more confidence in their leadership abilities, and experience greater life satisfaction and success relative to their peers. Some of the benefits of becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout are:

  • Immediately rising one rank when enlisting in the US Armed Forces
  • Earning scholarships from colleges and universities
  • Recognition from government and non-profit organizations

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit girlscoutsem.org/join.