How one Girl Scout Troop completed their Girl Scout Award

By Efrain Duarte, Girl Scouts of the Texas Oklahoma Plains

Girl Scouts are known to make the world a better place, and Troop 6073 from Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains is no exception.

These Girl Scout Cadettes utilized United Way’s 2018 Community Status Report to research about possible projects they could implement for their Girl Scout Silver Award. From the report, they learned that an estimated 25 percent of the adult workforce does not read well enough to meet the routine requirements of today’s workplace. A project idea was born.

Working together with Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and the Girl Scout service center, five of the troop members hosted a book drive from August through October. Along with a donation from Scholastic, the troop collected over 3,000 books and split the donations among five agencies in Lubbock, including United Way Community Partners the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities.

These young women gained valuable skills—planning, organizing, and partnering with various people and organizations. As always, the Lubbock community came together to make sure the girls were able to achieve their goal for their literacy project as well as enhance their leadership abilities. The Girl Scouts had the chance to explore their community in a way they had never seen it before thanks to the Community Status Report.