La Jolla Girl Scout Troop’s rummage sale on Feb. 8 will benefit Room to Read

Cadette Girl Scout Troop 3329 will host a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at the La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St. to raise funds for Room to Read. The nonprofit organization helps girls in developing countries receive an education, and promotes literacy by building libraries and publishing children’s books in their native languages.

The rummage sale will also feature baked goods and a $1 used book sale. For every used book sold at $1, a new Room to Read-published book will be purchased. Leora Langs, director of the San Diego region, will be on hand to speak with anyone interested in Room to Read and the children it serves.

Troop Leader Linda Perreault said the rummage sale is the Scouts’ Silver Award Project. The Silver Award is the second highest award in Girl Scouting and involves 50 hours of community service. Last Spring, some of the troop members volunteered at a screening of “Girl Rising,” in Encinitas. The film features compelling stories about young women throughout Asia and Africa who live in severe poverty and are unable to afford secondary education. Many of their parents are illiterate and must survive on an average of $1 a day. Perreault said the movie inspired the Scouts to raise money for Room to Read and help other girls who live in distant places and are far less fortunate.

The Scouts welcome donations of gently used items, such as toys, books, clothing and small household items for the rummage sale. Items can be dropped off at bins located in the Bird Rock Elementary School office, 371 La Jolla Hermosa Ave. or by contacting Perreault at (619) 980-8805 or lperreault.mft@gmail.com

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