Three Ahwatukee Foothills Girl Scouts are collecting new or gently used books for underprivileged children at Phoenix Day.
In an effort to receive their Silver Service Award, Danielle Goodman, Madison Somero and Emily Hartzler are trying to collect three books for each of the 110 preschoolers at the central Phoenix organization. Through the months of September and October, books will be collected at various local businesses.
The girls, all 13, also want to start a resource library for the youth attending day and summer programs, according to Goodman’s mother, Cindy.
Goodman is a member of Center Pointe Dance’s company team and has been a Girl Scout since the first grade.
Somero and Hartzler are members of their middle school volleyball teams and have also danced for Center Pointe in the past.
“It’s to get these kids excited about reading,” said Cindy. “This is a very cool group of girls that enjoy reading.”
Phoenix Day is an organization that has served the Valley since 1915, and specializes in early education and youth development.
After Goodman’s dad served on Phoenix Day’s board for a few years, and through talking with staff members, Goodman and her fellow Girl Scouts came up with the idea to get books into the kid’s hands and homes.
Part of their service project is also to get kids at Phoenix Day signed up with local library cards.
Through September, collection bins for books will be available at Center Pointe Dance Studio, Put on a Rosie Face and the Foothills Baptist Church.
In October, the sites will include Corpus Christi Catholic Church and Esperanza Lutheran Church.
The troop is in need of both English and Spanish books for kids through age 5. The resource library would cater to youth up to high school.
The Cadette Girl Scouts Ahwatukee Troop has already received Bronze medals for their service in and around the community. With 50 hours of service work and a project, the Silver is then awarded before the Gold medal during high school.
Cindy mentioned that through all of their own research, planning and organizing, the girls are learning a lot about pulling projects together.
“As a parent, you gotta give them credit,” said Cindy. “It’s a way to learn and they learn by doing.”
As for the rest of the community, Cindy and the girls are all hopeful that the residents of Ahwatukee won’t miss yet another chance to help.
“The thing about Ahwatukee is that it’s the most amazing community, people who come together to help,” Cindy added.
For more information on how to donate, email the troop at AhwatukeeNeighborhood@gmail.com.
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