SPARTA, NJ – The girls of Sparta Junior Girl Scout Troop 96565 unveiled the Little Free Library they created at the Helen Morgan School.  The project, part of Little Free Library.org was created by the girls with approximately $500 earned from selling Girl Scout Cookies, according to leader Sandra Andrade.

The troop presented the gift to the community on Thursday, June 6. In addition to the members of the troop, family, friends and a representative from Girl Scout Norther New Jersey were there to take part in the ceremony.

"One of our essential tasks as educators is to foster and celebrate a community of readers, " Helen Morgan Principal Doug Layman said. "Our Little Free Library- thanks to Troop 6565 and Mrs. Bernardo- is prominently displayed in front of the school and will serve as a symbol of that task for hopefully generations of HMS students."

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Andrade said she was excited to have the library be a “permanent reminder of the power of G.I.R.L. or Go-getter, Innovator, Risk Taker, Leader.”

Receiving their Bronze award for the project: Abby W., Adeline H., Alyssa B., Amanda T., Anneliese H., Bella F., Becca F., Bridgid F., Elsa R., Hannah D., Lucy L., Madeline A., Paige B., Shannon D., Shannon K., Shannon T., Tapanga H.

“I am so proud of my Girl Scout’s dedication, hard work, generosity and commitment of stepping up to find and fill a need at the Helen Morgan School,” Andrade said.  “They were committed to making a lasting impression in their community which is what drove them to donate the Little Free Library and to generously use about $500 of their hard earned cookie money.”

The Bronze Award is the highest award Junior Girl Scouts can earn at this level.  The leaders are Sandy Andrade, Annemarie Weisbeck, Nanette Turner and Becca Fernandez.

“They were proud to leave behind a lasting legacy at Helen Morgan which will be there for future students to enjoy for years,” Andrade said.