WARREN, NJ– Watchung Hills Regional High School Senior Allison Horvath of Warren Township, a Girl Scout with Troop 65896 is pursuing her Gold Award, a project to hold a book collection to fill new book racks in waiting rooms of all Specialized Children’s Hospital in nearby Mountainside, and other satellite locations including Clifton.

Troop 65896 meets at Mount Horeb United Methodist Church, 42 Liberty Corner Road, Warren Township.

As part of the project, Horvath is building and decorating four book shelves to house new books as well as creating an interactive coloring book that children in waiting rooms can color in and read.

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The Girl Scout Gold Award is the equivalent of the Boy Scout Eagle Scout and is the highest award a Girl Scout can attain.

Due to Health Department regulations, only new books can be accepted for the project. 

““I took the time to sort through books and chose selections at various reading levels of the children at the Children’s Specialized Hospitals,” Horvath said. “The amazon wish list is most convenient for this project, in part because people from anywhere can donate books and then the books come directly to my doorstep, when they click my address at checkout. I have four shelves built and decorated and now all I need are more books!”  

The link for the Amazon Book Wish List is https://amzn.com/w/1QVQOHWFZ83D4.

Her Scout Projects

Horvath reports that other previous projects completed by her and her fellow Scouts in Troop 65896 have included volunteering at the church’s big annual community Turkey Dinners, cooking for SHIP food kitchens, and giving tours around the high school for incoming freshman. 

“As a troop we completed our Bronze Award in 6th grade, raising money for Haiti,” Horvath said. “My freshman year at Watchung Hills, I completed my Silver Award with my friend, Amy Narakornpichit. We collected school supplies for the Red Cross for less fortunate schools in developing nations.”

Horvath said she decided to concentrate on this effort to help Children’s Specialized Hospitals because she is particularly interested in programs benefiting children with special needs.

“I wanted to create a project that could add a positive component to a child’s stay at the Children's Specialized Hospital,” she said. “When I met with the volunteer manager, Vivian Cappolla from Mountainside, she said that it was a great idea to build and paint bookshelves to brighten up the waiting rooms and collect new books for those shelves.”

To make the project a bit more unique, Cappolla suggested that Horvath create some sort of coloring book for the bookshelf as well.

“I jumped on that idea,” Horvath said.  “With the help of my friend who is an artist, I wrote and produced an interactive 10-page story book, with a story line and a corresponding black and white outline on every page so that the kids can read and color. They will be able to take it home and work on it over time and be proud of their art and reading, which I am very excited about. There is a master copy for this book that will be repeatedly copied for the kids’ enjoyment.”

So far, Allison’s project has collected many books. The project must be finished by Friday, March 31, 2017, “but I hope to complete it sooner,” Horvath said.

“I would like to thank my friends and family who have been gracious enough to donate through my Amazon wish list,” she said. “I hope to get more books throughout the holidays to fill the shelves and be able to give these kids something they can really enjoy. Every donation helps!”