Scouts have a party

By Amanda Amsel
Staff Writer

Messenger photo by Amanda Amsel Marjorie Perdomo, 9, Roseliane Perfomo, 6 and Yarielis Perdomo, 3, spruce up their poems during the Trinity Catholic Girl Scout Troop 2499 reading party a the Columbus Public Library Hilltop Branch. 
Messenger photo by Amanda Amsel
Marjorie Perdomo, 9, Roseliane Perfomo, 6 and Yarielis Perdomo, 3, spruce up their poems during the Trinity Catholic Girl Scout Troop 2499 reading party a the Columbus Public Library Hilltop Branch. 

As students in Columbus City Schools continue to struggle with reading and math, a group of local Girl Scouts is taking matters into their own hands.

Trinity Catholic Girl Scout Troop 2499 will host educational parties at the Columbus Public Library Hilltop Branch to get kids excited about subjects they are struggling with.

“The troop wanted to do a service project to help others,” said Lisa McGann, troop leader. “They decided they wanted to do something really local so they could see the impact they were making.”

According to McGann, the girls decided the most beneficial project they could do is to help students in their own community.

The girls hosted the first party on Oct. 10 and attracted about 100 students.

The reading party featured three different stations where students could participate in educational activities and win prizes.

“At one of the stations kids could spell out their name and then write a poem that began with each letter of their name,” McGann said. “There was also a station called ‘Reading Rampage’ and the student who read the most pages in 10 minutes won a prize. The final station was similar to a spelling bee and kids could buzz in if they knew the answer.”

In an effort to make reading fun, all the stations had snacks and prizes for participants.

Organizers hoped if the kids were having fun they would want to stay and tell their friends to come next time.

“This event helped create a positive reading experience,” said Morgan Routson-Adams, homework help specialist at the library. “It showed kids that, not only can reading be fun, but that they can do it, which built up their confidence.”

Students who live in the Hilltop primarily attend Columbus City Schools and in recent years Columbus schools have struggled to advance kids to the fourth grade because of reading issues.

In order to move to the fourth grade students must take a test proving they can read at a fourth grade level. If they fail the test they are held back.

“These kids are not meeting the standards,” McGann said. “This event aims to get them caught up and reading at the level they should be.”

The Girl Scout troop plans to hold similar events at the library every two months. The events will either concentrate on reading or math, as these are the subject students in the Hilltop struggle with the most.

Anyone interested in volunteering at one of the parties or who would like to donate prizes, may contact Lisa McGann at lmcdevitt@columbus.rr.com.

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