Fostering a Love of Reading and Earning a Bronze Award

A bright blue Little Library at Tamaques School beckons readers to take a book and leave a book, as 5th graders in Girl Scout Troop 40445 proudly presented their book exchange project on April 1.

The troop funded and built the small, enclosed bookcase to earn their Bronze Award, putting together a proposal that included a budget, a timeline, and the rationale for the library which they presented to Tamaques principal David Duelks last December.  Once approved, the girls hosted a hot chocolate fundraiser, used troop funds to purchase a library kit and other supplies, and collaborated on the final design, including the Tamaques Tiger logo and a chalkboard for book requests and recommendations.

“They also hosted a weeklong book drive at Tamaques in order to provide a fully stocked library on Day One,” says troop leader Elyssa McMullen. “As a result of their successful project, the girls will earn their Bronze Award at a ceremony to be held in May.”

McMullen and co-troop leader Janice Cmielewski thanked Duelks and Tamaques head custodian Harry Squindo for their help and support.

“I’m very proud of our Girl Scout Troop 40445 in earning their Bronze Award,” says Duelks. “The girls were committed to this project from the start and it’s a wonderful legacy to leave to Tamaques before heading off to middle school.”

Source: Westfield Public Schools