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March 21, 2012

Girl scouts hope to improve literacy

Literacy rates and ISTEP scores aren’t something that are usually on the minds of a middle-schoolers, but Zionsville Girl Scout Troop No. 1585 wants to help out their community.

The troop travels to Hattie B. Stokes Elementary School in Lebanon to conduct a book club for students.

“We read to the students and give them a snack,” Girl Scout Megan Havlin said. “After the kids leave, they get to keep books because a lot of times their parents aren’t able to afford books. We decided that these were kids who needed help, and their ISTEP scores were not as high as they should be.”

Troop Leader Tracy Pappas said there are usually 26 to 28 kindergarten and first-grade children for each session, and the children have been able to keep six books since they began the program last year.

“We originally did it to get the bronze award,” Girl Scout Kayla Trowbridge said. “Now we are helping more for fun. We received the grant from (United Way Youth as Resources) and wanted to keep doing it.”

Girl Scout Annie Hockel said the program is a good experience for them.

“We don’t want to leave them,” she said. “Whenever we leave, the kids get a sad look on their face and are like ‘Do we get to see you again?’ It’s always so sad, but we know we’ll be back to see them.”

All of the girls agreed that the hardest part was getting the children to calm down.

“They are tired and want their snack at the end of the day,” Gabby Quick said. “They are a little antsy, and their behavior is different than ours.”

Hockel said there are other things that are difficult with the program.

“It’s hard to see some of the same kids in the same grade two years in a row,” she said. “Sometimes I wondered if we helped them enough.”

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