For her Girl Scout Silver Award Take Action Project, Sarah designed and furnished reading rooms for HavenHouse, a home away from home that serves over 3,000 patients a year and their families (over 8,100 people a year in all) who travel from all over the United States and from 46 countries to St. Louis to receive medical treatment. She conducted a book drive at Ladue Middle School school, and over 1000 books were donated. She sorted through the books, grouped them by reading level (baby/toddler, children, teen, and adult), labeled them, alphabetized them by the author’s last name, and set up several comfortable reading areas at HavenHouse. She recruited friends and family members to help her decorate and arrange a Dr. Seuss-themed reading room for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers; placed a large basket of board books in a toddler play area; and arranged nonfiction books in the HavenHouse computer/reference room. In the existing HavenHouse library, three large bookshelves were set up– one for children, one for teens, and one for adults. Extra books were placed on bookshelves by genre in a common living room area. She held a Dr. Seuss-themed pajama party at HavenHouse with crafts, games, and readings from Dr. Seuss books for the guests there to celebrate the completion of the project.
Sarah started working on this project in August 2012, and completed it in February 2013, and received her Girl Scout Silver Award in May 2013.