Reading has always been something I love
An activity my mind is very fond of,
I wondered how I could share this passion
My Gold Award Project was the thing that I fashioned.
In the hot, summer sun, I held book drive
When I reached 300 books, I had finally arrived.
I thought, now what to do with all these books?
In a classroom, I’ll put a reading nook!
These books were given to an elementary school
To help youngsters learn that reading is cool.
The nook was a bench, a sign and bookshelf,
When I finished, I was quite proud of myself.
Last step of project: make it sustainable
I knew this final part was attainable.
High schoolers now volunteer to help read,
Using the books, the children would succeed.
Two local newspapers wrote stories about this
I said my project was truly my bliss.
So now the project is in full motion;
Eight months of work was the secret potion
Every week, students improve their skills
Books are their new friends, I felt fulfilled.
It confirmed my love for the written word
My occupation goals are now less blurred:
Become an author of books that are worthy
Or help other writers if theirs are too wordy
Through this project, I came to realize
I really enjoy helping children arise
I saw their reading improve each day
And felt a happiness that didn’t go away.
Reading is a helpful, wonderful thing
It will make your brain smarter, it will make your heart sing
So here is a question I hope you don’t dread
When was the last time you sat down and read?