It took the Westmoor School students about two weeks to collect more than 2,230 new and gently used books for Bernie’s Book Bank, a not-for-profit organization dedicatedto providing books for children in low-income neighborhoods. Junior Girl Scout Troop 41111 led the effort, setting grade-level goals and school-wide goals, making classroom announcements and counting the books throughout the drive.
In mid-November, the scouts made a final count and boxed up all the books for Jessie Urban, Director of Operations and Logistics for Bernie’s Book Bank. Urban visited Westmoor on Nov. 16 to pick up the books and talk with the scouts about the organization’s mission.
According to the Bernie’s Book Bank website, more than 60 percent of low-income families have no books at home. The organization facilitates the collection, processing, and redistribution of quality new and gently used children’s books, and hopefully increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children living throughout the Chicago area.
During her meeting with the scouts, Urban told the girls "books you once loved will be given to children who will also love them.”
The organization provides 12 age-appropriate books a
year per student at schools across the Chicago area, including in Zion, Waukegan and other surrounding suburbs.
The scouts will continue to stay involved with the project and will be traveling to the Book Bank to sort books.
The fourth grade scouts completed this project; Ann Nugent and Joanne Mock are the troop leaders.