St. Louis, MO – September 10, 2019 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce Kellie Marshall, a graduate of Francis Howell Central 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 Marshall are creating a brighter future for us all! Marshall was recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a special ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles this past June.
A lifelong G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) TM, Marshall knew she wanted to earn the most prestigious community service award in Girl Scouting—the Girl Scout Gold Award. Marshall used her own previous experience to take action and make a permanent and positive difference in the world. Marshall spent time in a hospital when she was young and remembered seeing another patient holding a donated blanket and looking happy. Marshall wanted to make others feel supported during stressful times, so she created the “Comfort for Kids” program.
After receiving donated supplies like felt, Marshall spent more than 90 hours assembling blankets for young patients staying at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. When she officially completed her project, Marshall gave 30 blankets with the goal of creating even more. To ensure the longevity of her program, Marshall connected with local Girl Scout troops who have committed to making and donating felt blankets.
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.