Merrimack girl’s Gold Award project addresses child literacy

MERRIMACK – Elise Roy, 15, of Merrimack, is addressing child literacy in her Gold Award project for Girl Scouts.

Roy is a Senior Girl Scout in Troop 11128 and attends Bishop Guertin High School. She is reaching out in the community to provide book resources for third- and fourth-grade classrooms and Boys & Girls Clubs.

Roy has held book drives, collected used books and bought used books from library sales. She is calling her project "Be a Bookworm."

Roy is promoting awareness to children that the first key to success in school is reading. She is aware that too often reading resources and reading support at home needs more availability and encouragement.

She has gone into classrooms to donate books and impress on the children that reading is a way to adventure, but also the key to success in life. She stresses the importance of reading and how it has made her successful in high school.

In addition, Roy has set up a reading incentive program in classrooms to get kids reading more in each child sets a reading goal. She is also donating handmade crocheted bookmarks that resemble bookworms, which the children receive upon reaching their reading goal.

Roy points out that the bookworm’s tail resembles the tassel on the top of a graduation cap, and should be a constant reminder that reading is a key component to graduating from high school and college.

Roy has donated to 22 locations in New Hampshire and beyond. In New Hampshire, she has donated to Rochester, Somersworth, Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Nashua, Manchester and Merrimack. Out-of-state locations include Lawrence, North Andover and Lowell, Mass.; Bronx and Albany, N.Y.; Hope Mills, N.C.; Ashland, Ky.; Biloxi, Miss.; and Nashville, Tenn.

For more information or to participate, call 496-6241.