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Chester Scouts are mentoring youth, boosting reading skills

CHESTERTOWN-This year, members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 3030 will be combining community service and some mentoring experience as they earn the highest honor Junior Scouts can receive: the Bronze Award.

In preparation for the award, these fifth-grade Junior Scouts been leading the members of Daisy Girl Scout Troop 3408 - Kindergartners and first-graders - in various activities and conducting their meetings.

Also, they've spent time volunteering at the Share Center, a source of free household items for those in need, located beside the Chestertown United Methodist Church.

For their major project, the Junior Scouts decided to collect gently used children's books to donate to the bookshelf at the Hudson Headwaters Health Center in Chestertown - where children will be prompted to take a free book home with them. The books will also be donated to Chestertown Head Start, the Town of Chester Library and the North Warren school library. Some of the books collected will be put into "tote" bags. Each bag will contain a group of books with a theme such as trucks, dinosaurs, Junie B. Jones books, etc.

Each girl will also be reading and recording three Kindergarten or first-grade level volumes on CD as audiobooks. These are to be donated along with the companion book to the town and school libraries.

Those who would like to donate gently used books for this project may deposit them in drop boxes at North Warren Central School, the Chester Town Hall and Hudson Headwaters Health Center in Chestertown.

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