Emma Reilly of Williamsburg recently earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest honor and achievement in Girl Scouting. She is currently a freshman at York High School.
For her Girl Scout Silver Award project, Emma created a library for a neighborhood in Yorktown that does not have easy access to books. She was inspired by the Little Free Library in her own neighborhood. Emma plans to maintain the library she built and opened to residents by cleaning and refilling the box as needed with help from the director of the Rivermeade Community Center in Yorktown.
Emma chose this issue because she wanted to address the problem of illiteracy and the lack of easy access to books in some local communities. She was aware that there are plenty of communities that could benefit from free accessible books.
"I wanted to share my love of books with people who may not have been able to enjoy them like I have," Emma said. "This library gives students a chance to enjoy books without having to get a library card or having to just get them from their school libraries throughout the school year."
The Girl Scout Silver Award is earned by Girl Scouts in middle school and early high school. To earn the award, Girl Scouts must carry out a Take Action project that requires at least 50 hours of community service and leadership work.
About the Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, a United Way agency, serves nearly 12,000 girls in grades K through 12 and over 6,000 adult volunteers in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, visit www.gsccc.org or call 1-800-77SCOUT.
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