Cadette Troop 71345 from Westlake earned the Silver Award by helping children keep reading at a new public charter school in inner-city Cleveland, Stonebrook Montessori. The Silver Award is the 2nd highest award in Girl Scouting and is open to Cadette Girls Scouts in 6th-8th grades. Madeline Boyer, Samantha Chang, Olivia Clarke, Maya Daw, Abigail Dumm, Rebecca Monahan, and Christie Murphy, all of Westlake, earned this prestigious award.
The girls are avid readers and wanted to pass this passion on to other children. They located an inner-city school that just opened in Cleveland and does not yet have a library. The girls researched about the importance of early childhood literacy and the effects poverty can have on a small child. Then they discovered Little Free Libraries. A little Free Library is a small box that holds books. Children are invited to “take a book and leave a book”.
They built 2 Little Free Libraries – one for the primary classes and one for the elementary classes at the school. Their Libraries are registered on the Little Free Library website. They also collected books to fill these libraries. The Girl Scouts placed boxes at the Westlake Rec Center, at the Service Center and the Police Station to accept donated gently used books. They also sought donations from Half Price Books in North Olmsted among other business and individual donations.
The Girl Scouts, who are 7th graders in Westlake and at the Hershey Farm School, presented these libraries to the students on Thursday March 24th. The children were thrilled to each receive a book as well as a snack of lemonade and Girl Scout cookies while the girls explained the Little Free Library process.