Courtesy Girl Scouts from Oak View Elementary School surprise Carroll High School senior Katie Dorsey with just a portion of the books they collected for Hope Books. Pictured are, from left, Mallory Leimkuhler, Christina Barranda, Emmersyn Hunter, Dorsey, Ashley Zent, Taylor Swinehart, Kylie Felger and Izzy Tappy.
Monday, May 22, 2017 1:00 am
Girl Scouts collect thousands of books
ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette
The fifth-graders of Girl Scout Troop 206 underestimated their Oak View Elementary School classmates when they set out to collect donations for Hope Books.
The Scouts – Mallory Leimkuhler, Christina Barranda, Izzy Tappy, Kylie Felger, Ashley Zent, Emmersyn Hunter and Taylor Swinehart – gave the Northwest Allen County school a week to contribute to the cause.
“We thought if we get 1,000 books that'd be outstanding,” said Lisa Barranda, one of the troop leaders.
They got more than 1,300 the first day alone, she said, noting the final tally totaled 5,538 books.
“The whole school was just amazingly supportive,” she said.
The troop presented Carroll High School senior Katie Dorsey – the person behind Hope Books – with the news and a portion of the collection at Oak View in late April.
“My jaw dropped,” Dorsey said. “I can't express how thankful I am for the books.”
Barranda said the Girl Scouts were impressed by Dorsey's achievement. The teen has given away more than 11,000 books since she began Hope Books in March 2015 to get books to children who might not have access to them at home.
The troop – which had previously donated 160 books each to Kate's Kart and Hope Books through a read-athon – was inspired to organize the book drive after Dorsey spoke to the group, Barranda said.
Dorsey, as Barranda recalled, told the girls they weren't too young to make a difference.
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