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Fort Zumwalt West High School student earns Girl Scouting’s highest award


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St. Louis, MO – April 17, 2019 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce Reese Pecoraro, a student at Fort Zumwalt West High School, has recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award demonstrating extraordinary leadership through a remarkable community service project. 

The Gold Award is a shining example of what a girl can achieve as these recipients have stepped up to generate long-lasting solutions for real-world challenges at local, national and global levels. Open only to girls in high school, these young leaders are taking matters into their own hands and making a difference the worlds of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), education and legislation. Gold Award Girl Scouts like Pecoraro, are creating a brighter future for us all! Pecoraro will be recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a special ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

After hearing survivors’ accounts from the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fl., Pecoraro felt compelled to take action to ensure local students feel even more secure in the classroom. To earn the Gold Award, Pecoraro assembled 32 buddy buckets for Pheasant Point Elementary School. Pecoraro designed the buckets in the event of a natural disaster or school shooting so each one includes a Stop the Bleed brochure, tourniquet, gauze, a liter of water, Dixie cups, band-aids, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, puzzles, crayons and stickers.

Pecoraro, along with her team of family, friends and fellow Girl Scout sisters, equipped each classroom at Pheasant Point with a buddy bucket. Every August, teachers will check their buddy bucket to make sure products haven’t expired as well as update the attendance sheet Pecoraro provided. This was an important detail she wanted to give teachers so if there was an emergency, they would have all of the necessary information easily at hand. For this G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM, working on her Gold Award project was an opportunity to step up as a leader and make a mark on her community.

For more than 100 years, eastern Missouri Gold Award Girl Scouts have funded and led projects that have left an enduring impact on individuals, organizations, neighborhoods and schools. Earning the Gold Award represents the culmination of at least 80 hours of work spanning months, sometimes years. 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 many 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.