Written by Stacey Campbell
Cassandra Campbell, a Marcus High School senior and Girl Scout ambassador with Service Unit 406, Troop 79 from the Highland Village area, is working toward earning the highest leadership award available to Girl Scouts, the Gold Leadership Award.
The Gold Award project must be done as an individual and be a minimum of 80 hours serving a need in the community outside of Girl Scouts that is sustainable with at least 20 of those hours exhibiting leadership. Campbell, who aspires to be a writer and teach English language arts, chose to focus on literacy and access to books for her Gold Award project.
Her community of Highland Village does not have a public library system, so she thought it would be beneficial to create mini libraries at several of the area’s city parks. She contacted Linda Cornelius,director of Highland Village Parks and Recreation, to pitch the idea and found that this was something the parks board was already interested in.
After presenting her idea at a parks board meeting and getting approval by the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Gold Award Council, Campbell set to work. She conducted book drives at her church and in the community collecting hundreds of books of all types for all ages that will stock each of the four book houses she will build. A portion of her cookie sales and money collected fr...