St. Louis, MO – March 16, 2020 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce Emily Fazio, a recent graduate of Marquette Catholic High School, has recently earned the mark of the truly remarkable – the Girl Scout Gold Award. This young change-maker demonstrated extraordinary leadership through a measurable and sustainable community service project.
Seventy-six percent of impoverished individuals report having to choose between paying for food or paying for utilities, according to Feeding America. While the majority of these people rely on food assistance programs, they still struggle to meet other needs, such as housing, medical care and education. After learning about the limited access to basic needs, Fazio decided to take action and work to help create permanent and positive changes in her community. So, Fazio expanded the St. Stephen’s Food Pantry by adding three new programs offering their participants free birthday bags, school supplies and health screenings.
To earn this prestigious award, Fazio collected 106 birthday items such as cake mix, candles and balloons with the help of her local Girl Scouts sisters. Then, Fazio and her team assembled the birthday bags and distributed them to the pantry. Next, Fazio acquired 734 school supply items thanks to the generous parishioners at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. The supplies filled 25 backpacks for families in need of school materials. Finally, Fazio organized a health screening for individuals to meet with a registered nurse through the Salam Clinic. The City of Florissant will continue to provide Fazio’s new programs for their community members.
The Gold Award is earned by a high-school-aged Girl Scout who has dedicated on average more than 80 hours to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and permanent change. Whether it’s on a local, national or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts, like Fazio, provide innovative solutions to pressing and relevant challenges.
Gold Award Girl Scouts don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good. On a national level, Girl Scouts have answered the call to drive lasting, impactful change in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), legislation and education. 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.