Herald JournalHerald Journal, Jan. 24, 2005

Girl Scout seeking books for first graders

By Teresa Jagodzinski

If Girl Scout Sarah Marketon of Howard Lake gets her way, every first grader at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted school will get a book to read in the spring.

Marketon, 10, is coordinating a book drive that will enable her to achieve her bronze award as a Junior Girl Scout.

With the help of her mother, Sarah came up with a project that allows her to share her love of reading with children. The project also will coordinate with earning two badges.

The two badges she wants to acquire are books and caring for children.

During the months of February, March and April, Sarah will read a book to each first grade class at Humphrey Elementary on Fridays.

On the last Friday of February and April, there will be a book exchange for the first graders instead of the reading time.

Each first grade student will be able to pick out and take home a book that they like that has been donated.

To raise books for the book exchange, all Humphrey Elementary School students will be asked to donate one new or gently used first grade appropriate book.

Drop-off boxes will be located in the school for the book that they want to donate for the exchange.

The boxes will be set up from the end of January until the end of April. The schools in Howard Lake and in Winsted will also have drop off boxes.

The bronze award is the highest award that a Junior Girl Scout may earn. Junior Scouts are in grades four through six.

The award shows that you have made a promise to help others, improve your community and world, and become the best you can be, Marketon said.

Marketon is in her fourth year being a Girl Scout, and belongs to the Greater Minneapolis Girl Scout Council. She is the daughter of Bob and Annette Marketon of Howard Lake

The local service unit is the Howard Lake, Waverly, Montrose service unit, and her troop number is 1787.

Drop off boxes will be located in the communities of Howard Lake, Montrose, Waverly, and Winsted at local businesses from the end of January until the end of March.

The following locations will have boxes for book donations:

• Howard Lake: Library, Gerry’s SuperValu, Total Entertainment Center

• Winsted: Library, Glenn’s SuperValu, Kremer Pharmacy

• Waverly: Pete’s Grocery, Citizens State Bank

• Montrose: Citizens State Bank, Video Express

The goal is to receive 100 books from all of the drop off boxes. This will enable each first grader to receive a book at both of the book exchanges. Any books that are left over after the two book exchanges will be made available to other classes at Humphrey Elementary.

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