Celebrating Acts of Excellence, One Act at a Time
The Acts of Excellence program connects us with individuals and organizations who are building a culture of excellence in South Dakota, one act at a time.
Please join us and area inductees to celebrate this Act of Excellence on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Suzie Cappa Art Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. See all of the event details here:
Scout Creates Mini-Libraries in Rapid City
A young man from Rapid City combined his work toward an Eagle Scout designation with his love of reading in a project to create miniature libraries in the community. Tyrone Ware said he was raised with a love of reading. His mother used to “read to me all the time when I was growing up, and I truly enjoyed this time with her,’’ Ware told the Rapid City Journal as he described his project. He partnered with United Way of the Black Hills, which has a Grade-Level Reading Initiative to make his dream come true. His first miniature library, a converted newspaper stand, was installed in the lobby of the Community Health Center of the Black Hills.
The re-purposed newspaper stand was painted in bright colors and filled with children’s books obtained through donations. Ware said that reading remains a significant part of his life as he matures. “I believe that by making lending libraries accessible to others, they can enjoy books, too,’’ he said. An official with the United Way Community Impact program said Ware’s project helps get books into the hands of underprivileged children throughout the community. It’s a program to get children to learn to read so they can read to learn, the official said.
Tyrone said he has a very involved Boy Scout Troop, and its members helped a great deal with the project, as did friends and family. All of the planned miniature libraries have been painted and are in the process of being installed. The project is Tyrone’s final step before reaching Eagle Scout rank. A board of review will examine his project when all the libraries have been installed.
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