The goal is for each student to read 1,000 books before they go to middle school.
There are 100 bags, each containing 10 books. When a family has finished a bag, they can return it and check out a new bag.
Principal, Michael Huchro wanted to get the 1,000 Book Club out of its old spot (in a corner in the library) and somewhere more visible to the public and easier to access. Around this same time Girl Scout Troop No. 3296, under the leadership of Linda Shufelt and Gail Jordan, was planning a community service project as part of their Girl Scout Journey called “It’s Your Story, Tell It!”
They decided to spend their time helping the Library Media Center at Ballard. They met with Huchro and school librarian Katie O’Donnell to discuss revamping the 1,000 Book Club at Ballard. On their own time, they worked from March through August. The Scouts regrouped the books so that individual bags represent one general level of reading ability; replaced damaged and missing books with new ones donated by Barnes and Noble; updated and laminated lists of the books with each bag and cleaned repaired damaged bags and replaced missing bags.
The Scouts also moved all the book bags to the cafetorium and came up with a way for parents to do a “self-checkout” system for borrowing the books. The new system is more user friendly and streamlined and should result in more use.