Congratulations to Samantha Romm, one of PS/IS 199Q’s seventh-grade students, who recently received the Silver Award, which is the highest achievement that can be earned as a Cadette Girl Scout. It is a sign of commitment to their community as well as scouting. She is in Girl Scout Troop # 4076.
Below is the text of an email shared by her mother, which received the attention of the school and District 24 Superintendent Ms. Madelene Chan, who are so proud of Samantha!
Samantha is 12 years old and in 7thgrade at PS/IS 119. She has always loved reading. The overall theme for her project was “Fall in Love with Reading.” She has contributed over 50 hours to address and improve Childhood Literacy. During her research she found that in middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children. 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read. Her goal was to inspire children to love reading and inspire and encourage adults to read to their children. In addition, she would like to make books accessible to children from low-income families.
During her project she was able to bring awareness to the community on the issues of childhood literacy and inspire people to fall in love with reading. Samantha Romm did a presentation in her class, hosted a story time for a kindergarten class as well as donated 15 books to the classroom, she planned a reading event for Daisy Scouts which included story time and a craft, volunteered time at a local reading center, and was a book buddy to small children at a library.
Samantha emailed companies and gave presentations to local community organizations to ask for donations for a local family shelter. Samantha’s vision was to plan a funfilled day to inspire children and share her love for reading. With thanks to everyone that supported her and her cause, she was able to plan a Fall in Love with Reading event at a local family shelter for children of all ages. The event consisted of filling an entire bookshelf with used books, story time, snacks, and crafts. Each child left with a drawstring bag which included a coloring book, child magazine, workbook and crayons. Each child was also able to pick out a brand-new age-appropriate book to keep.
Samantha has completed her Silver Award requirements. However, her journey is not over. She plans to continue to spread awareness about childhood literacy and inspire children to fall in love with reading.