Hey there, fellow bookworms! Meet Mila Chetto, a remarkable young lady from Ripon, whose passion for books and a touch of genius brought her Girl Scout Gold Award project to Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine.

The Girl Scout Gold Award Project Sensation

Buckle up, folks, because we’re about to embark on an adventure filled with determination, creativity, and loads of girl power! Mila Chetto, a proud member of the Girl Scouts of the USA, recently snagged the coveted $10,000 national scholarship for her jaw-dropping Gold Award Project achievement. And let me tell you, the Gold Award is the Everest of accomplishments for a Girl Scout – it’s like winning the Olympics of scouting!

Turning the Page on a Problem

So, what’s the buzz about Mila’s Gold Award project? Well, here’s the scoop: Mila couldn’t help but notice a troubling trend in her school district. Negative student behaviors were on the rise, and the literacy rate was slipping faster than a banana peel under a skateboard. But guess what? Mila didn’t just sit around sipping hot cocoa and roasting marshmallows. No siree, she decided to be the change she wanted to see in her community!

Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine

Now, here’s where the magic happens! Mila dreamt up something that seemed like it could be plucked straight out of a fairytale: a book vending machine! Good news! This happily ever after is an actual reality. And it works on a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) system.

Picture this – students can earn tokens from their teachers for being all-around awesome and for making efforts to improve. These tokens are their golden tickets to Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine, where they can pick books to keep. Yep, you heard that right – free books, just for being great students! Can you say “awesome-sauce”?

Mila’s Heroic Journey

Mila’s journey wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns. It took her a whopping 91 hours of hard work, dedication, and pure determination to turn her dream into a reality. She organized reading events, hosted book fairs, sweet-talked the School Board for their stamp of approval, and even whipped up some snazzy custom artwork. Talk about going the extra mile!

Green Lake Elementary’s Bookish Haven

Fast forward to today, and guess what? The dream became a reality when the book vending machine was installed at Green Lake Elementary School. And let me tell you, it’s been a smashing success! Kids are not just getting their hands on books; they’re diving into the wonderful world of literature, one page at a time.

Spreading the Bookworm Love

But Mila’s not stopping there, folks. Oh no! The vending machine will keep getting stocked through generous donations.

Other Girl Scout troops in the area are taking notes from Mila’s playbook. They’re ready to carry the torch and continue this literary legacy!

Mila’s Heartfelt Words

Mila, being the absolute legend she is, shared her thoughts on her remarkable journey with the Ripon Press. She said, “Completing my Gold Award was a challenging but rewarding experience, especially when I started getting all of the positive feedback from the students benefiting from my project.” You go, girl! And when she found out about her $10,000 scholarship, she was left speechless. But we’re not surprised – her passion and hard work spoke volumes!

Girl Scouts: Changing Lives, One Project at a Time

Denise Schemenauer, CEO of Girl Scouts of Manitou Council, had some wonderful words to share about Mila and her project. “Mila and her project are the perfect embodiment of Girl Scout values,” she said. “We at Manitou Council were delighted to nominate her for the $10,000 scholarship from Girl Scouts of the USA.” A round of applause for Mila, please!

In Conclusion

And there you have it, a tale of inspiration, determination, and the power of books to change lives. Mila Chetto, you’re our hero, and Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine is a true testament to what a young heart with a big dream can achieve. So, let’s keep turning the pages, one book at a time, and remember that with a dash of creativity and a sprinkle of Girl Scout spirit, we can make the world a better place!

If you believe that this program could benefit your school, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via phone or email at any time. We would be delighted to assist you. Together, we can champion literacy for all!

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