Hello! My name is Cassidy, and I’m 17 years old and go to ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch. I’m currently working on my Gold Award project called “Imagination Station.” For my project, I’m creating a fruitful, up-to-date library for the kids living at Joshua Station, a faith-based community in downtown Denver that assists families as they make the transition from homelessness to a healthy, stable living environment. Currently, there are 30 families living at Joshua Station, and among these families are 67 kids!
I am collecting a range of new children’s books, from classics to newly published, to build a library and inspire a love of reading within the kids there. Along with the library, I will be designing a reading nook near the front entrance of Joshua Station so kids can read, do homework, or spend time with family and friends in a comfortable setting. Additionally, I will be starting a kids’ book club that will meet monthly at Joshua Station, so we will be reading all of the wonderful books that people donate.
Beginning on June 1, the Aspen Grove Tattered Cover will serve as a donation drop site for very gently used or new books that people can give to any staff member to collect. The store will then donate one new book for every ten new or used that my supporters donate. This will go until July 31.
I have also composed an online wish list of items that I would like to add to the reading nook. You can access the wish list by going to: http://www.myregistry.com/organization/Cassidy-Klein-Highlands-Ranch-CO/868582
Please consider donating gently used children’s or teen’s books, or purchasing new books, and bringing them to the Aspen Grove Tattered Cover. Give them to any staff member, and they will add them to the collection for my project. Thank you so much! This will make an incredible difference in the kids’ lives at Joshua Station. I made a flyer with a list of potential books to give you an idea of what I’m looking for, but please feel free to donate your favorite children’s books or classics.
The address to the Aspen Grove Tattered Cover is:
Aspen Grove, 7301 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120
My project progress so far:
On May 15 and 16, the Idyllwilde community neighborhood in Parker ran a Scholastic book fair and raised over $450 in new books for Joshua Station! Kristi Stuart, who works for Scholastic, and the community liaison, June Zelkin, were so wonderful and generous to help put this together and support my project. I’ll soon be going to the Scholastic warehouse to pick out $450 worth of new books! Yay!
On May 9, four of my lovely friends and I volunteered at the Barking Dog Dualthon at Cherry Creek State Park. It was a fundraiser, and we earned $187.50 for my project by volunteering! It was a cold and rainy morning, but we had fun!
Thank you so much for your support! I’m super excited about my project!