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Highland Girl Scout earns Gold Award

Jessica Drewer
Jessica Drewer

Jessica Drewer from Highland has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, called “Music, Reading, Healthy Eating,” Drewer worked with KinderCottage in East St. Louis. Having already volunteered at the center with her church youth group, Drewer knew the needs of the center. She provided them with a bookshelf and books for a library. She also created a music program using homemade instruments out of recyclable materials and a coloring book showing the instruments and their names. Drewer also provided backpacks and school supplies for each child entering kindergarten. She also worked to provide healthy snacks for the children.

“Not everyone has everything,” said Drewer. “Sometimes we must be selfless and reach out to those in need.”

Jessica is the daughter of Carole Drewer. She is a 2015 graduate of Highland High School and was a Girl Scout for 12 years.

About the Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, recognizes a Girl Scout's commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life.

To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador must design and carry out a project that fulfills a need within a girl’s community, creates change, and is sustainable. The project must be completed with a suggested minimum of 80 hours of work.

Only about 6 percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.