Adult literacy recently gained a new and youthful champion. Hunter Noody, a Star Scout from Boy Scout Troop 267, in Fredonia, NY, recently completed his Citizenship in the Community merit badge by collecting books for a literacy organization in Western New York.
Noody’s goal is to achieve the Eagle Scout rank in his boy scout troop. To do so, he must earn merit badges, including the Citizen in the Community merit badge. The requirements of this badge include identifying a charitable organization that peaks the scout’s interest, contacting that organization, and inquiring about opportunities to help.
Noody decided to contact Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County (LVCC), a nonprofit organization that provides one-on-one tutoring to adults in the Chautauqua County area who are learning to read or speak English. Additionally, LVCC trains tutors and runs 21 East, the only local bookstore in the Dunkirk and Fredonia areas. 21 East offers a selection of gently used books suitable for all ages. Its proceeds directly support LVCC.
After speaking with Julie LaGrow, director of LVCC, Noody collected gently used books throughout the community to donate to 21 East. He made signs and collection boxes, which were placed at the American Legion Post 59, Fredonia, and in the Brocton Central School District Main Office. In addition, information about his efforts was posted on social media and emailed to friends and family.
Within two weeks Noody had collected two carloads of books to donate to the store.
“It is because of generous volunteers, such as Hunter, we are able to continue to serve our community. As the bookstore staff are volunteers and all the books are donated, 100 percent of the sales at 21 East Bookstore goes towards Literacy Volunteers,” LaGrow said.
“I’m very happy I was able to help others get books, which [can] help them learn to read,” Noody said.
Adult Literacy Champions
People like Noody are selfless and inspiring to our cause. Volunteers like him can empower others to play a role in adult literacy and help us all create lasting change.
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