Jessica Grimmond Earns Gold

If You Give a Child a Book…AMAZING Things Can Happen!

Reading is fundamental, but it doesn’t always come easy. For many children, learning to read and improving reading comprehension skills can be a challenge that can have a serious negative repercussions on their education, and possibly their lives.

When Omaha Girl Scout Jessica Grimmond began working on her Gold Award Take Action project, “If You Give a Child a Book,” she wanted to find a way to help children improve their reading, writing and math skills – and have fun doing it!

Jessica created 15 take-home, interactive reading bags for Omaha Public School students in kindergarten and first grade. The bags were distributed at Washington, Beals and Picotte Elementary School.

Each of the “If You Give a Child a Book” bags contains books and corresponding activities designed to help kids improve their learning skills in key subjects. Jessica included the books “How Dinosaurs Say Goodnight,” “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” “The Napping House,” “Brown Bear…Brown Bear…What Do You See?,” and “Chrysanthemum.”

Jessica worked out the ongoing logistics of her Take Action project with the teachers so that “If You Give a Child a Book” will continue to be part of the curriculum for the students at their schools.

Jessica is from Omaha and is the daughter Paul and Beth Grimmond. Her project advisor was Cari Briscoe.

Feeling inspired yet? For more information on how you can “Go Gold!” visit the Gold Award page on our website.

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