Friday, October 29, 2010

Gold Awardee’s Experience Leads to Creation of Library

Lillian knew she wanted to combine her love for reading and her Gold Award project. She decided to start a lending library at the Village Church in Lincoln Village that could be used by the children of the church and the after-school program. Lillian reached out to her church, Girl Scout troop and members of the community to collect books. She collected over 500 books in a two-month period as well as an additional 300 books from her church library. With some help, Lillian cataloged the books and organized a check out system. She then scheduled, planned and led a grand opening event. While coaching the children on how to use the library, Lillian shared her own reading challenges she faces with her dyslexia. One of the children attending the grand opening stated “I hope you do this again next year!”

Lillian is the daughter of Earl and Jean of Huntsville and is a senior at Covenant Christian Academy.

The Gold Award is highest level of Girl Scout achievement. This award recognizes the Senior & Ambassador Girl Scout’s commitment to herself, her community, and her future. The girl who goes for the Gold embraces challenges, achieves excellence, and works diligently to make the world a better place, in her own unique way. Her leadership, vision, and boundless energy is an inspiration to all Girl Scouts. Each girl earning her Gold Award demonstrates excellence through a leadership project totaling more than 65 hours. Girls who earn their Gold Award are also recognized by the President of the United States, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Armed Services, state legislatures, colleges and universities for admission and scholarship opportunities, and the American Legion.