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St. Charles Girl Scout Goes for the Gold
Gold Award Girl Scout creates healthy food program for children
St. Louis, MO – March 2, 2020 – Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce Kristi Lewis, a student at Orchard Farm 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.
Fewer than one in 10 adolescents consume the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since children develop unhealthy dietary behaviors at an early age, this results in 19 percent of youth becoming obese. After learning about the lack of nourishing food variation in children’s diets, Lewis decided to take action providing resources for children to make nutritious decisions.
To earn her Gold Award, Lewis partnered with the St. Charles Borromeo School to provide 20 students with a three-week healthy eating program. After researching and planning, Lewis designated each week with a theme around camping, farming and beach-going. Lewis then taught the children how to make apple s’ mores, watermelon pigs and fruit smoothies, among other healthy snacks. During the camp, Lewis took pictures and detailed instructions, which she turned into a recipe book. She gifted the book to the St. Charles Borromeo School to use as a reference for healthy snacks in the future.
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 Lewis, 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 ForcesEarning scholarships from colleges and universitiesRecognition 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.
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Our extraordinary journey began nearly 100 years ago when the first Girl Scout troop was formed in our region in 1918. Every year since, we’ve furthered our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And, with programs across eastern Missouri, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To join, volunteer or donate to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, call 800.727.GIRL (800.727.4475) or visit www.girlscoutsem.org. Girl Scouts is a proud United Way member and is supported by the following United Way agencies: United Way of Greater St. Louis, United Way of the Mark Twain Area, United Way of Adair County/Northeast Missouri and Franklin County Area United Way. Follow Girl Scouts on...Twitter http://twitter.com/GirlScoutsEM and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GirlScoutsEasternMO.
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