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Gold Award Girl Scout helps mothers and Mercy NICU patients connect


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St. Louis, MO – September 19, 2018 ─ Alexis Edgar, a 2020 graduate of Francis Howell High School in St. Charles, Mo., recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. By earning the award, Edgar exemplifies a leader who has transformed an idea for change into an actionable plan with a sustainable impact. Edgar was among 53 Gold Award Girl Scouts recognized during a ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this summer.

The first few days of a newborn’s life are the optimal opportunity for bonding between baby and mother. This bond is often formed through scent, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. To earn her Gold Award, Edgar developed a way for mothers and babies in intensive care units to grow closer. Using donated fabric, this G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM cut and sewed fabric hearts for mothers of Mercy’s NICU patients to wear against their skin, to absorb the mother’s scent. The heart is then placed with the baby, ensuring the mother is always with her child. In addition to the hearts, Edgar donated packages filled with personal care items — hoping to make the mothers’ stay at the hospital a little more comfortable.

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.