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Gold Award Girl Scout works to improve literacy in St. Louis


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

Lambert realizes the significance of improved literacy and its connection to economic growth, reduction of poverty and crime, increase in civic engagement and greater confidence and sense of empowerment. To earn her Gold Award, Lambert established a lending library at the Feed My People food pantry with donated books she collected. This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM ensured her project will have a long-lasting impact as Cor Jesu Academy’s Litteratae Club will organize book drives to make sure the library always has new material.

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