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Science Hill student plans, builds Little Library for Lake Ridge

Avery Gillert

Lake Ridge Elementary School students will now be able to find a book after school hours or during breaks, thanks to Science Hill freshman Avery Gillert. Gillert recently completed the installation of a Little Library in front of Lake Ridge and it is already a big hit with the students.

“We really appreciate Avery for seeing and meeting this need for our school community,” Lake Ridge Principal Renee Wood said. “Avery is a shining example of a student looking to meet a community need. The addition of the Little Library immediately created a buzz of excitement and reinforced our school’s love of reading. It is a beautiful sight when a child runs up to the library with a family member and chooses a book to take to share together.”

Gillert completed the project to help earn her Silver Award as a Girl Scout. The goal of a Silver Award project is to find an important issue to the scout and create a project that can lead to a lasting change. With Gillert’s love of reading, a Little Library seemed like the perfect project. 

“I really love reading, so I knew I wanted to do something that would provide students access to books,” Gillert said. “It makes me so happy that kids are using it, and it made me feel so great to give back.”

To figure out which school would benefit the most from the Little Library, Gillert reached out to Johnson City Schools Superintendent Steve Barnett. Lake Ridge was identified, and Gillert worked with Lake Ridge Principal Renee Wood to figure out the colors and perfect placement.

In all, Gillert worked about 50 hours to develop and build the Little Library, and she said it was time well spent.

“I really like to read, and it makes me smile that a student will be able to grab a book whenever they need one, whether it’s over the weekend or during a break,” Gillert said.

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