Scout collects books to benefit adult literacy

Hunter Noody
Hunter Noody

Hunter Noody, Star Scout, from Boy Scout Troop 267, Fredonia recently completed his Citizenship in the Community merit badge. This is one of the required merit badges for the Eagle Scout rank, which Hunter is hoping to someday achieve. Hunter needed to identify a charitable organization outside of Scouting that interested him, contact that organization and find out what he could do to help. After speaking with Julie LaGrow, Director of the Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County, it was suggested that Hunter could help by collecting gently used books for donation to the 21 East Bookstore.

Hunter made signs and collection boxes, which were placed at the American Legion Post 59, Fredonia and in the Brocton Central School District Main Office. Announcements were also placed on Facebook and sent by e-mail to friends and family. In a two-week period Hunter collected more books than would fit in the trunk of his Parent’s SUV! It took two trips to the 21 East Bookstore to deliver the donated books. ” I’m very happy I was able to help others get books, which could help them learn to read.” Hunter commented about this project.

Literacy Volunteers provides one-on-one tutoring to adults learning to read or to speak English throughout Chautauqua County. The 21 East Bookstore sells the donated books to fund the organization. “It is because of generous volunteers, such as Hunter, we are able to continue to serve our community. As the bookstore staff are volunteers and all the books are donated, 100 percent of the sales at 21 East Bookstore goes towards Literacy Volunteers,” stated LaGrow.

Boys interested in learning more about being a Boy Scout are welcome to attend a Troop 267 meeting. Meetings are held every Monday at 7 pm at the American Legion Post 59, Fredonia.

The 21 East Bookstore is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. If you would like to tutor or donate books please call 366-4438.